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Politicians and celebrities granted permission to keep their names off child database

Steve Doughty
UK Daily Mail [1]
Saturday, Oct 3rd, 2009

Tens of thousands of politicians and celebrities will be allowed to keep their names off a new Government children’s database, ministers said yesterday.

Their identities will be ‘shielded’ on the list which will carry details of 11million children in England and their parents.

The £224million ContactPoint database was designed in the aftermath of the Victoria Climbie murder in 2000 with the aim of ensuring that children in trouble can be identified by doctors, social workers or police officers.

Labour had already granted selected individuals the right to heavily restrict the information about their children.

Children’s Minister Delyth Morgan said the change would merely extend practice as it applies currently with paper records.

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