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Monday, 15th December, 2008

Programme researchers Sue White, David Wastell and team have found that the IT system introduced to standardise procedures and micro-manage decisions in children’s services is too cumbersome. Their research, which included observations, focus groups and interviews, found that the Integrated Children’s System (introduced following Lord Laming’s review of social care that was published in the wake of Victoria Climbie’s death)  is making practice overly bureaucratic with too much time dedicated to form filling. Furthermore, the introduction of time delimitated targets for cases gives social workers the wrong drivers in their approach to child welfare.

Results from the study are due to be published in the British Journal for Social Work in 2009.

News stories relating to the research are available:

Drop the Deadline, Computers can hinder child protection, The Guardian, Society, 19 /11/ 2008

Blame bureaucrats and systems for Baby P’s fate, The Observer,  23/11/08

Protecting Children: Harm Done, The Economist, 20/11/2008

Integrated Children’s System a “burden” to social workers, Children and Young People Now, 16/12/2008

 ICS and Baby P: what role did it play?  Computer Weekly, 15/12/2008

 Alarm raised over Integrated Children’s System,   E-Health Insider primary, 15/12/2008

Computer system fails the children it was designed to protect,, 15/12/2008