Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Child Index is damaging children

Liz Davies"Placing the name of a child on the child protection register is a proportionate societal response when family systems do not protect. Routine collation of data on all children, the majority of whom are well parented, breaches the child and family's right to privacy and constitutes excessive state intervention into family life.

"No longer fooled by the spin of 'Every Child Matters', we now need to debunk the myth of the Child Index and admit it has nothing whatsoever to do with protecting children or providing support to their families in keeping them safe. We need to be asking what the exact purpose of it is and why existing child protection systems are being steadily destroyed." —Liz Davies, senior lecturer in children and families social work at London Metropolitan University

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