Search

A&E database to prevent mistreatment of children ‘long overdue’, says Redbridge cabinet member

14:52 03 January 2013

Plans for an A&E database to help prevent the mistreatment of children are a “very good idea” and “long overdue”, says Redbridge’s cabinet member for children’s services.

The Child Protection Information System will allow medical staff to check if a child has been a regular visitor to A&E and if they are subject to a child protection plan.

Cllr Alan Weinberg said: “The government has learned lessons from Baby P and we must move forward and implement a better system. This a very good idea and long overdue. If parents and carers are determined to abuse, they are likely to move around and it is right that doctors are able to tell others what is happening.

“However, the data must be protected and used in the correct way, not just available at a click of a button.”

The new system, which will make a log of every child attending A&E and out-of-hours GP services on an online database, is expected to be in all hospitals by 2015.

Ilford South MP Mike Gapes said: “I think the database is necessary but it is very important that the information contained in the system is safeguarded.

“There is definitely a security issue that has to be addressed and access to it should be limited.

“Sadly, there is a minority of children that are mistreated and they must be protected.

“I think most parents will welcome the database, but unfortunately there is a danger of human error which can cause problems. The records must be accurate.”

Caroline Moore, Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust’s divisional nurse director for A&E, said: “We take the issue of child protection extremely seriously, and this system will be an important step forward.

“Our safeguarding lead will be working with the emergency department team to ensure that processes and systems are put in place in line with national guidance.”

0 comments

Latest Ilford News Stories

19:00
The incident was the second collision in less than 24 hours on the same street Picture: Met

A woman was taken to hospital after being involved in a collision with a car the day after a 95-year-old was fatally struck in a separate incident.

17:59
Redbridge schools were ranked 9 out of 152 local authorities according the latest OFSTED league tables.

Parents can rest assured about the state of the borough’s schools after the latest OFSTED league tables showed Redbridge to be one of the highest performing in the country.

The UK AIDS Memorial Quilt displayed at St Paul's Cathedral in central London. One of the quilts will be displayed in Redbridge Central Library tomorrow. Picture: Victoria Jones/PA

An iconic quilt panel, commemorating the lives of those lost to the AIDS epidemic in the UK, will be on display in Ilford tomorrow.

The Ash Grove hotel in Green Lane, Ilford. Photo: Google Maps

Police would have caught the people involved with a reported gun-point robbery at an Ilford pub if the premises had better CCTV, an officer today stated.

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

£3,000 goes a long way at Boots

Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Ilford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now