The Child Protection Information Sharing Project
The Child Protection – Information Sharing (CP-IS) project is an NHS England/Department of Health/Department of Education sponsored work programme. It is dedicated to developing an information sharing solution that will deliver a higher level of protection to children who visit NHS unscheduled care settings. These sites being;
- Emergency Departments
- Walk-in Centres
- Minor Injury Units
- Ambulance services
- GP Out of Hours
- Direct access to Paediatric wards
- Maternity Units
It proposes to do so, by connecting local authorities’ child protection social care IT systems, with IT solutions used by NHS unscheduled care settings. There will be only three specifics on which the information sharing focuses, these are;
- Children on a Child Protection Plan
- Children who are Looked After
- Pregnant mothers with child protection plans on the foetus.
The CCG is leading a working group across City and County Local Authorities and NHS provider organisations to implement the 'Child Protection - Information Sharing' project to improve the way that health and social care services work together to protect vulnerable children, creating the opportunity to build a complete picture of a child's circumstances. Staff in unscheduled care settings will be able to see if a child has a child protection plan (CPP) (including children not yet born) or is a looked after child (LAC). They will also be able to see when and how often the child has attended for emergency treatment. Using CP-IS ensures local authorities are alerted when a child in their care presents for unscheduled treatment anywhere in England; providing a clear picture of the number and frequency of NHS attendances made by the child.
Making a difference for children nationwide CP-IS supports the essential work NHS trusts and local authorities are already doing to safeguard children.
- Early detection – CP-IS will improve the assessment of vulnerable or at risk children in England and will enable earlier intervention to prevent on-going abuse or neglect
- Closing the gap – CP-IS will plug the information gap between health and social care organisations across local and regional boundaries to give a full and complete picture of a child’s situation
- Better communication – with CP-IS, care teams and clinicians will have easy access to contact details so that they can work together to focus on the needs of the child
- Better use of resource: less time will be spent searching for and providing information, freeing up resources to apply elsewhere.
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