Dear Kent County Council,

Please would you confirm whether you are still using the ContactPoint system.

If you are not, please confirm the date on which you stopped using it.

Yours faithfully,

H. Grants

Kent County Council

Dear Sir/Madam

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 11^th August 2017 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/17/1230 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards

 

 

Carly Wattle | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | Phone 03000 417061 | Fax 03000 420303 | 
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
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Dear  Sir or Madam

                      

Although we have carried out an initial search to try and establish if
Kent County Council holds the information you have requested, we believe
that in its current form your request is too broad to enable us to provide
a comprehensive response.

 

Accordingly, please can you be more specific with the following element of
your request:

 

Please would you confirm whether you are still using the ContactPoint
system.

 

Please could you clarify and confirm your definition of ‘Contactpoint’
system?

 

The 20 working day timescale for providing the information you have
requested will be suspended until we receive clarification from you. On
receipt of the clarification we will inform you of the new latest complete
by  date.

We look forward to hearing from you in due course.

Best regards

Alex Corcoran | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | Phone 03000 419707 | Fax 03000 420303 | 
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
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Dear Kent County Council,

Thank you for your response asking for clarification on the ContactPont system and my request to you

The ContactPoint system was proposed by the British Government in response to a recommendation made by Lord Laming in the report of the Inquiry he chaired into the death of Victoria Climbié.

Recommendation 17. The Government should actively explore the benefit to children of setting up and operating a national children's database on all children under the age of 16. (The Stationary Office, 2003)

The Government argued that ContactPoint:

"… is a key element of the Every Child Matters programme to transform children's services by supporting more effective prevention and early intervention. ContactPoint is one of a range of tools that will help services work together more effectively on the frontline to meet the needs of children, young people and their families.”

"ContactPoint is intended to provide a quick way for the children’s workforce to find out who else is working with the same child or young person, making it easier for them to deliver coordinated, effective support at an early stage and prevent a child/ young person’s needs and/or difficulties escalating to a point where statutory intervention becomes necessary to protect the child/young person and/or others."

As you can see, ContactPoint was proposed as a system in the wake of the death of Victoria Climbie to ensure that professionals involved with the safeguarding ad protection of children were able to co-ordinate the exchange of information:

Do your teams have access to, and/or use any other comparable system that delivers this outcome? if so please provide details

Yours faithfully,

H. Grants

Kent County Council

Dear  Sir or Madam

 

Thank you for your clarifying your request. I can now confirm that the
latest complete by date for your request is 16^th August 2017.

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/17/1230 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards

 

Alex Corcoran | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | Phone 03000 419707 | Fax 03000 420303 | 
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
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Dear Sir or Madam

 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000, relating to Contact Point. Please accept my
sincere apologies for the delay in sending this response to you, I
appreciate the Council has failed to comply with statutory timescales on
this occasion. I am pleased to provide the response below:

 

Please would you confirm whether you are still using the Contact Point
system?

Kent County Council does not use Contact Point.

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/17/1230.

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website [2]http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Laura Pronger | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | 03000 416590 |
[3]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
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Dear Kent County Council,

Thank you for confirming that you don't use ContactPoint.

ContactPoint was proposed as a system in the wake of the death of Victoria Climbie to:

"ContactPoint is intended to provide a quick way for the children’s workforce to find out who else is working with the same child or young person, making it easier for them to deliver coordinated, effective support at an early stage and prevent a child/ young person’s needs and/or difficulties escalating to a point where statutory intervention becomes necessary to protect the child/young person and/or others."

Do your teams have access to, and/or use any other comparable system that delivers this outcome? if so please provide details

Yours faithfully,

H. Grants

Kent County Council

Dear Sir/Madam

 

Thank you for your email below.

 

Kent County Council acknowledges your request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Assuming KCC holds this information, we
will endeavour to supply the data to you as soon as possible but no later
than 27^th September 2017 (20 working days from date of receipt).

 

We will advise you as soon as possible if we do not hold this information
or if there are exemptions to be considered and/or any costs for providing
the information. Please quote our reference - FOI/17/1480 - in any
communication regarding this particular request.

 

Best regards

 

 

Carly Wattle | Information Access Officer | Information Resilience &
Transparency Team | Kent County Council | Room 2.71, Sessions House,
Maidstone, ME14 1XQ | Phone 03000 417061 | Fax 03000 420303 | 
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
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Kent County Council

Dear Sir or Madam

 

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA) 2000, relating to contact point systems. I am
pleased to provide the response below:

 

"ContactPoint is intended to provide a quick way for the children’s
workforce to find out who else is working with the same child or young
person, making it easier for them to deliver coordinated, effective
support at an early stage and prevent a child/ young person’s needs and/or
difficulties escalating to a point where statutory intervention becomes
necessary to protect the child/young person and/or others."

Do your teams have access to, and/or use any other comparable system that
delivers this outcome? if so please provide details

We do not currently use any system which delivers a comparable outcome.

 

If you are unhappy with this response, and believe KCC has not complied
with legislation, please ask for a review by following our complaints
process; details can be found at this link
[1]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
on our website. Please quote reference FOI/17/1480.

 

If you still remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you can
appeal to the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with the
Freedom of Information Act 2000. Details of what you need to do, should
you wish to pursue this course of action, are available from the
Information Commissioner’s website [2]http://www.ico.org.uk/concerns.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Kirsty-Leigh Robertson| Information Access Officer | Information
Resilience & Transparency Team | Room 2.71, Sessions House, Maidstone |
Phone 03000 418301 | Fax 03000 420303 |
[3]http://www.kent.gov.uk/about-the-council...
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