CATS – Case Administration Tracking System

There has been much speculation as to what CATS means as it is referred to in the Police Files with regards to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

This is written in both background checks of Kate and Gerry McCann.

A search of the local section of the child abuse shows a registration number 19309 in the CATS system. A consultation with the DC Soand from the department in question confirms that this is just a file reference, but as a complement to Operation Task system for the purpose of reference, if any investigation should be necessary by the department. No work has been done on the basis of this file.

CATS stands for Case Administration and Tracking System.  It does NOT mean Child Abuse Team System.

The CATS system is described here:


WPC is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the contract to support and maintain CATS – Case Administration and Tracking System which currently has two modules – Child Protection and Domestic Abuse. CATS can also be configured to record information about Vulnerable Adults if required.

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 that 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.
System Benefits

• CATS gives police officers 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 officer 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. It may also be used to help identify repeat offenders.

• 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.

• WPC has provided an online forum for users to download software updates, find answers to frequently asked questions, and discuss usage of the application.

As you can see it covers Child Protection. Child protection includes, abuse, welfare, neglect, anything to do with children.  The Case Number CATS 19309, was checked out, they spoke to the relevant officer who stated it was just a reference number with regards it to being a complement to the Operation Task System and there was nothing in the file and it was opened purely should the Investigation deem that work needed to be carried out in future.

There was nothing in the file, no work had been done as it was not deemed necessary at the required time of enquiry and it was just a registration number.  No cover-up, no conspiracy just paperwork and file allocation numbers issued just in case and at the onset of the incident, namely the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

As @anotherviv pointed out:

Operation Task was probably run on the HOLMES2  system just like the review will probably be run on the HOLMES2 system.  Just because HOLMES2 is being used, CATS would have still been raised initially by Leicester Police.

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