Connexions Service National Unit Database

or: 'The Connexions Customer Information Service'

To quote from the Connexions Service Business Planning Guidance, the CCIS is a 'comprehensive information system... to support the Connexions Service by monitoring the status and needs of all 13-19 year olds.'

This national database will 'enable personal advisers to access background information about young people'; 'enable personal advisers to record, retrieve and share information collected through the APIR framework'; 'ensure that Partnerships know the whereabouts of (and risk factors associated with) all young people in their area'; 'reduce the current burden of 'tracking' on Partnerships by standardising systems and making it easier to identify young people'; in short, it will make sure that, as the Secretary of State for Education once said, 'no child is invisible' to the DfES.

'The key components of the proposed system are a local system to underpin each Connexions Partnership, the feeding of information from PAs and from local agencies into the CCIS and the joining-up of the local systems into a national system.'

'It will also enable Connexions to use schools, LSC (Learning & Skills Council) and other information systems'. What does this mean? That individual information will be collected from agencies such as the Child Benefits Agency, supplemented from the Schools Census (PLASC) Database, which obtained personal data in 2001 about every state school child in England, placing each head teacher under a statutory duty to supply it (see our separate PLASC pages)

In other words, a thoroughly joined-up surveillance system.

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