Shaping minors with major shifts: Electronic child records in the Netherlands

S. van der Hof, Esther Keymolen

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At the end of 2009, the Electronic Child Record (ECR) must replace all paper records in Dutch youth healthcare, i.e. digital dossiers containing health and psycho-social data on children aged 0-19. At the same time, society demands a more effective youth-care system, due to several family tragedies that gave rise to high media attention as well as growing problems with high-risk youth. These developments form the impetus for fundamental changes in youth care in respect of the relationship between children and youth-care professionals, connectivity of information systems, transparency (or rather opacity) of organisations and information systems, and the construction and use of children's identities. The ECR seems to have acquired a dynamic of its own and is steadily moving forward to becoming embedded in an ever more sophisticated system of controlling the socio-psychological and physical development of youngsters-at-risk. Hence, the goals of the ECR may be gradually shifting from achieving more efficiency vis-à-vis social sorting and risk-management systems. This development has side effects that should be addressed by policy makers to truly promote the interests of children and citizens more generally. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Information Polity: The International Journal of Government & Democracy in the Information Age is the property of IOS Press and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-322
Number of pages14
JournalInformation Polity
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Digital records
  • connectivity
  • identity
  • profiling
  • transparency
  • youth care


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