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Initiate Systems to support data management technology for ContactPoint system

Initiate Systems : 05 September, 2007  (New Product)
Initiate Systems has signed a contract with Capgemini UK to provide the foundational linking and matching technology for the ContactPoint system.
ContactPoint is a key element of the Every Child Matters: Change for Children Programme to support more effective delivery of children’s services in England through better sharing of information among authorised users in the Children’s workforce. It will provide a more secure and efficient way to find out who else is working with the same child or young person, making it easier to deliver coordinated support.

The Initiate Identity Hub solution will link data from data sources across four major national organisations: the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the National Health Service (NHS), the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) - which holds the records of all births and deaths.

Ultimately, the records, representing 11 million children across England from birth up to their 18th birthday, will be linked to help all organisations share information and work together for better outcomes. Access to the system will be restricted to authorised workers who need it as part of their job and who have been security-checked, trained and have the necessary authentication. The UK Government is committed to introducing ContactPoint to support the work of children’s services in all areas of England.

John Cummings, vice president for education sector at Capgemini, said: “ContactPoint is crucial to the successful delivery of the government’s Every Child Matters: Change for Children programme and we are delighted to be entrusted with a project of such evident importance. The expertise from Initiate Systems is integral to this project, and we look forward to developing our relationship further.”

With the announcement today the infrastructure to support inter-agency working can become a reality. ContactPoint will index for each child or young person: basic identifying information such as name, address, gender, date of birth, unique identifying number for example Child Reference Number or National Insurance Number; basic identifying information about the child’s parent or carer; contact details for services involved with the child such as school and GP practice and other services where appropriate; and name of lead practitioner and/or whether an assessment has been undertaken under the common assessment framework.

David Ashworth, UK general manager commercial and government of Initiate Systems, adds: “Initiate has a history of rapidly delivering high performance master data management solutions to local, national and international organisations while maintaining a high degree of privacy and security in highly sensitive markets including healthcare, government, financial services and commercial. This experience enables Initiate to understand the challenges facing the DCSF and Capgemini and the need for a single trusted view of an individual child upon which decisions can be confidently made. At Initiate Systems we feel honoured to be involved in such a high profile, ground breaking project.”
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