Schools: ICT

Children, Schools and Families written question – answered on 14th May 2009.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Minister (Children)

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of computers in (a) local authority children's services departments, (b) Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service and (c) schools were found to be infected with malware in 2008.

Photo of Beverley Hughes Beverley Hughes Minister of State (Children, Young People and Families; Minister for the North West), Department for Children, Schools and Families, Minister of State (Department for Children, Schools and Families) (Children and Youth Justice) (and Minister for the North West)

Information on the number or proportion of computers infected with malware is not collected centrally from either local authority children's services or from schools. However many schools do employ a managed service for their ICT support and those organisations will normally maintain this information and report to schools.

The Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS) computer network is supported by an outsourced IT service provider who do not routinely capture this information. However, the CAFCASS network and equipment is protected by anti-virus software and firewalls that prevent unauthorised access, so the potential for a malware infection is low. CAFCASS have no record of any infection by malware in 2008.

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barbara richards
Posted on 15 May 2009 12:16 pm (Report this annotation)

CAFCASS is a disgrace and should be scrapped straight away. This organisation is a danger to children, because it is supposed to represent the child in the secret family courts and does not do so. Children MUST be allowed to speak for themselves in court, should they wish to do so. Why are they not giving the option to choose, or at the very least, shoose their own independant representative of their own choice, for instance, a teacher?