CATS (Case Administration and Tracking System) is a vulnerable persons case management system. WPC has been supporting CATS, owned by Nottinghamshire Police, since 2007. The system has three core modules - Child Protection, Domestic Abuse and Vulnerable Adults; although it can also manage any type of public protection incident.
The CATS system was developed in the absence of a national database for Child Protection, and in light of the recommendation in Lord Laming's Report into the death of Victoria Climbie that Chief Constables must ensure their police force has in use an effective Child Protection database and IT management system.
The Domestic Abuse module was developed later to complement the Child Protection system. Further development was carried out by WPC to integrate the two modules along with a third for recording incidents involving vulnerable adults, covering additional PPU areas such as Honour Based Violence.
- CATS gives a much clearer picture of the child or vulnerable person referred to them. The data collected in CATS can be used to piece together vital information on family background of that individual, helping the user make more informed decisions.
- CATS may also be used to help identify previous accusations against suspects offering further lines of investigation and valuable information to help assess the safety of the vulnerable person.
- Incidents go through a managed process, from a new referral to a finalised incident. As a case is progressed, CATS validates the information collected and ensures the case has visibility to the relevant officers and staff members.
- Incident Reports can be generated for sharing of information between Police and Social Services.
- A full audit trail is available in CATS, which enables supervisors to monitor usage of the system.
I am very pleased with the recent developments to CATS which are in response to the requirements of those officers and staff using the system every day.' The Strategic Group are particularly excited by current work to merge child abuse, domestic abuse and vulnerable adult referrals
Detective Superintendent Jackie Alexander, Former Chairperson of the National CATS Strategic Group