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Capita childcare systems boosted by CPFR buy

Capita Children’s Services has acquired CPFR Solutions, a provider of integrated recording and assessment solutions to childcare and early years services within the public sector.

Capita has acquired the entire share capital of CPFR for an undisclosed sum to help it deliver an integrated database for children’s services departments, with a single record for each child from birth to adulthood.

Capita’s EMS technology is currently used in 126 councils to manage children’s data. The integration of CPFR's eStart technology with the EMS portfolio will help local authorities to track children from early years settings to school without any loss of data.

Capita said the data would let social care professionals spot children at risk more quickly and easily. The subject is high on the government’s agenda following the Victoria Climbié tragedy, and the subsequent introduction of the Every Child Matters
initiative.

The combined solution will let data be entered on a child once and then viewed by all authorised personnel in any service, saving time and eliminating the duplication of data entry.

“The government has made it clear that social care practitioners must have access to all relevant data on children if the life experiences of some of the most vulnerable members of our community are to be improved,” said Sean Massey, director of Capita Children’s Services.

“The acquisition of CPFR Solutions helps us achieve this vision; ensuring authorised personnel can view a full history of a child from birth until they leave school,” he added.

Founded in 2002, CPFR develops data management solutions for SureStart children's centres and nurseries and its systems are used by more than 60 local authorities. It operates out of Windsor in Berkshire and the entire workforce of 25 will now transfer to Capita.

 

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