Child Protection - Information Sharing Project
Child Protection - Information Sharing (CP-IS) is a nationwide system that enables child protection information to be shared securely between local authorities and NHS trusts across England.
The national implementation of CP-IS is endorsed by the Care Quality Commission. NHS organisations are expected to take reasonable steps towards implementation by 31 March 2017, as set out in the NHS Standard Contract.
NHS Digital provides a range of material to help local authorities and NHS trusts implement CP-IS.
How CP-IS works
Sharing information effectively across health and care settings is vital in protecting vulnerable children and young people and preventing further harm.
CP-IS connects local authority children's social care systems with those used by NHS unscheduled care settings, such as Accident and Emergency, walk-in centres and maternity units.
It ensures that health and care professionals are notified when a child or unborn baby with a child protection plan (CPP) or looked after child status (LAC) is treated at an unscheduled care setting.
CP-IS is a secure system with clear rules governing access. Only authorised staff involved with the care of a child can access the information.
medical staff are alerted if a child they're treating is subject to a CPP or LAC and given contact details for the social care team responsible for them
social care teams are alerted when a child in their care attends an unscheduled care setting
Providing instant access to this information means vulnerable children can be identified wherever they are cared for in England.
Contact CP-IS: email@example.com
We've developed a range of communications materials to help local authorities and healthcare settings implement the Child Protection - Information Sharing system.
Implementing Child Protection - Information Sharing (CP-IS) requires joint working between local authorities, NHS organisations, their IT systems suppliers and the NHS Digital project team.