DfES Names Capgemini for Technical Design of Information Sharing Index

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The Department for Education & Skills has selected Capgemini UK plc as its partner to complete the design of the technical solution for the Information Sharing Index. This is the first stage in developing the technical solution to support the implementation of the Index in all local authority areas in England.

The Index is a tool that will enable practitioners delivering services to children to identify and contact one another easily and quickly, so that they can, where appropriate, share relevant information about children who need services or about whose welfare they are concerned.

The contract has been awarded under the long-term partnering agreement that commenced with the DfES in 2002. Over the past four years Capgemini has completed several key projects under this agreement and during this period the company has undergone three independent annual benchmarking exercises on its work at the DfES, all of which have confirmed Capgemini’s delivery of value for money at the Department.

John Cummings, Vice President for the Education Sector at Capgemini, said: ‘It is great news that we will be playing a key role in such a crucial project and it gives us the chance to work alongside the Department to deliver something of real value to practitioners as they strive to achieve better outcomes for children in this country.’

Chris Jackson, Capgemini project director, added that the Index will provide an important tool to help improve communication between the key practitioners needed for the effective delivery of services for children, young people and families and, when necessary, to protect them. He also highlighted that ensuring appropriate security and access controls would be paramount in producing the design.

Design of the technical solution is scheduled for completion by the end of December 2006. During this period Capgemini will work with the Department for Education and Skills Index project team and will develop a fully defined and costed specification for the technical solution.

The DfES plans to implement the Index in all local authorities in England by the end of 2008.

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