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S5W-07719: Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 6 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by Mark McDonald on 2 March 2017 (Official Report, c.46) that it will develop a flagging system on the National Vulnerable Persons Database, before creating a National Child Protection Database, what access rights to information parents and guardians will have in the interim arrangements; which (a) organisations, (b) public bodies, and (c) government bodies will have access to this data; what the data retention policy will be, and what information will be recorded for each child.

Answered by: Mark McDonald 16 March 2017

As recommended by the Child Protection Systems Review, the Scottish Government has committed to working with Police Scotland to develop a flagging system on the national vulnerable persons database that will identify all children who are placed on local child protection registers. Preliminary work to develop this will begin shortly and we will work with Police Scotland to identify and address issues of access and data retention.