A secure e-mail system is set to be adopted by bodies involved in the youth justice system.
The Youth Justice Board is expected to complete the first phase of its Secure eMail project (SeM) by the end of this month.
The system will cover all 17 young offenders’ institutions, and most of the children's homes and training centres which it oversees.
SeM is designed to replace the current system of sending large files by fax, which isn’t as secure as the encrypted e-mails being sent with SeM.
The next phase of SeM will see all local authority Youth Offending Teams using the system when communicating with young offenders’ institutions and other sites.
Social Software and CareWorks have supplied the SeM system. The Youth Justice Board plans to extend the system so that it can be used with the courts system.