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Child Protection - Information Sharing project

The Child Protection - Information Sharing project (CP-IS) is helping health and social care staff to share information securely to better protect society's most vulnerable children.

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Find out which health and care organisations are live with CP-IS on our interactive maps.

When a child is known to social services and is a Looked After Child or on a Child Protection Plan, basic information about that plan is shared securely with the NHS. If that child attends an NHS unscheduled care setting, such as an emergency department or a minor injury unit:

  • the health team is alerted that they are on a plan and has access to the contact details for the social care team
  • the social care team is automatically notified that the child has attended, and 
  • both parties can see details of the child's previous 25 visits to unscheduled care settings in England

This means that health and social care staff have a more complete picture of a child's interactions with health and social care services. This enables them to provide better care and earlier interventions for children who are considered vulnerable and at risk.

The CP-IS project is linking the IT systems used across health and social care and helping organisations to change business processes so this basic information can be shared securely between them. The information can only be accessed securely by trained professionals involved in a child's care.

It is endorsed by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is included in the key lines of enquiry during CQC inspections. It is also included in the standard contract for providers of NHS unscheduled care.

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Contact details

CP-IS team
Email: enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk
Phone: 0300 303 5678

Related pages

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    Implementation progress

    See which local authorities and healthcare organisations are already live with CP-IS.

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    CP-IS NHS number matching information

    February 2019: guidance for local authorities on matching local records of children within the scope of CP-IS with the correct NHS Number in the NHS system.

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    CP-IS Domain Message Specification

    Information for developers - message definitions and interactions required to support the rollout of the Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS) system.

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    Checksum help - developer guidance

    A checksum is a short list of characters that we derive from the content of a release’s .zip file. If you have the checksum of a release file you can check that your downloaded copy is identical to ours. Find out more about checksums.

Last edited: 2 July 2019 9:46 am