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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.

Support for local authorities wishing to implement CP-IS
Support for NHS organisations wishing to implement CP-IS

The national implementation of CP-IS is endorsed by the Care Quality Commission. NHS organisations must take all reasonable steps towards implementing CP-IS, 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.

With CP-IS:

  • 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: enquiries@digital.nhs.uk

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Child Protection - Information Sharing Communications

We've developed a range of communications materials to help local authorities and healthcare settings implement the Child Protection - Information Sharing system.

Implementation support for local authorities

This page is intended to support local authorities with their preparation and implementation of CP-IS.

Social care and NHS IT systems suppliers

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.

Benefits of Child Protection - Information Sharing

Child Protection - Information Sharing (CP-IS) aims to improve outcomes for vulnerable children. But there are also benefits for healthcare teams and children's social care teams.

Implementation progress

The following local authorities and healthcare organisations are live with Child Protection - Information Sharing (CP-IS).

Have a question? Call us on 0300 303 5678 or contact enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk.

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