The government has awarded Capgemini the £40m contract to build and host ContactPoint, an online directory to support communications between those working with children and young people.
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The directory makes it easier to deliver more co-ordinated services to young people. The contract was awarded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
The system will be live from early 2008 and will be hosted by Capgemini until 2014.
ContactPoint will contain only basic identifying information about children in England, and contact details for their parents or carers and for services working with the child or young person.
There will be no case information and no subjective opinions about a child or parent. Access to the system will be restricted to authorised users who need the information as part of their job, and who have been security-checked, trained, and have the necessary authentication.
ContactPoint will hold records of all children in England from birth until they reach the age of eighteen. It will extract the basic data needed directly from national and local sources.
The data will initially come from the Department for Children, Schools and Families, the NHS Connecting for Health (NHS CfH), the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The system will be supplemented by other data sources over time.
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