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 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.
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.
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.