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The Integrated Children’s System provided a framework for the development of electronic recording systems for children’s social care in accordance with the assessment framework and other guidance and regulation. Whilst local authorities were originally required to commission or develop a system in accordance with this framework, these requirements were relaxed in 2009 and an "expert panel" established to develop proposals for the improvement and simplification of the existing systems.
On 10 June 2010, ministers announced the launch of a review of child protection, headed by Professor Eileen Munro. Professor Munro’s review commented on the use of electronic recording systems, making it clear that getting effective recording systems in place to support practice is critical. Although mandatory requirements to use the prescribed recording system have been removed, most systems currently in use were developed on that basis. A major challenge for local redesign is therefore to develop, with social workers, new ICT systems to meet their case recording needs.
Professor Munro recommends that in designing or procuring new software, local authorities should have regard to the following three principles:
The guidance developed by the expert panel continues to be relevant to the modification of existing electronic recording systems in accordance with the principles set out above. This guidance can be viewed using the links on the left hand side of this page.
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Access to Professor Munro's reports, updates, and background information about the independent review.