Child abuse IT system developed in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 19:32 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:12 26 October 2009

Back, left to right, Mike James of the information systems team and Kate Devonport, former deputy head of child protection. Front, AMS officers Frazer Smith and Mel Leicester-Evans

Back, left to right, Mike James of the information systems team and Kate Devonport, former deputy head of child protection. Front, AMS officers Frazer Smith and Mel Leicester-Evans

A GROUNDBREAKING computer system which stores and monitors allegations made against adults working with children has been created. The child protection unit and information systems team at Hertfordshire County Council have designed the Allegations Managem

A GROUNDBREAKING computer system which stores and monitors allegations made against adults working with children has been created.

The child protection unit and information systems team at Hertfordshire County Council have designed the Allegations Management System (AMS), which streamlines the way information is collated and recorded.

Carol Taylor, head of child protection, said: "AMS really works in providing a consistent single electronic record that goes through all the stages of any allegation and keeps track of it.

"Whereas in the past, details of an allegation may have been logged in several different places, such as the police, the human resources team or other agencies, AMS holds all the information.

"It feels a lot safer, and although we cannot always prevent a child from being abused, this system should mean that we can intervene to stop abusive adults committing further offences against children."

AMS is operated by dedicated staff to ensure each allegation is managed effectively - logging all the information related to a reported incident so it can be securely held, retrieved and analysed.

County councillor Jane Pitman, lead member for children's services, said: "AMS is a much improved process to deal with allegations against adults working or volunteering with children.

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