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At-risk-children tracking database scrapped after just 4 years and a mere £72m...

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Callisto Thu 09-Jul-09 19:48:28

"Local authorities have spent the past four years implementing the Government's £72m Integrated Children's System (ICS) amid threats that critical funding would be cut if they did not comply.

But the system, described by staff as "an unworkable monster", generated stacks of paperwork 6ins thick for every child, had no way of tracking the siblings of abused children, and absorbed up to 80 per cent of social workers' time."

Full article here.

Callisto Thu 09-Jul-09 19:50:40

Yet another complete waste of money by the Labour Govt. Why do they persist in implementing unworkable and expensive schemes like this? And at the expence of vulnerable children.

Callisto Thu 09-Jul-09 19:51:23

expense

HecatesTwopenceworth Thu 09-Jul-09 19:51:47

Doesn't surprise me in the least.

It's shocking how wasteful government, la etc are. You'd never see a business chucking money down the drain!

AppleandMosesMummy Sat 11-Jul-09 10:49:28

They lost a massive amount of NHS data in 1998 which was never publised, the DWP and other data bases are incapable which is why there is so much fraud, honestly if I see a government project on a CV I refuse to employ the person on the basis they will probably be useless, unless they left in the first 6 months.

ObsidianBlackbirdMcNight Mon 13-Jul-09 08:29:00

Unbelievable. I spent hours and hours of time (along with my colleagues) learning the ICS system to replace the equally complicated, but better, previous system...it was clearly a massive white elephant which made information very difficult to access and was soooo time consuming. They also scrapped the perfectly fit for purpose child protection register at the same time.

I wonder what I will have to waste spend hours learning when I go back to work next month hmm

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