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.
The benefits of CP-IS can be divided into three main groups:
Early intervention - taking action to prevent or reduce future harm happening to children
1. Knowing the child protection status of the child contributes to a more holistic clinical assessment whilst in a healthcare setting. As a result, decisions can be made to seek intervention earlier. With instant access to CP-IS information, communication with the appropriate social worker can take place quickly leading to a better outcome for the child.
2. The social worker is notified immediately that a child in their care has presented at an unscheduled care setting. The social worker has knowledge of the child and family and can assess whether an intervention is required to achieve a good outcome for the child.
- Case study: providing evidence for social care teams
- Case study: improving decisions about clinical care
Improved safety and care - doing the best when children need help
1. CP-IS is a national system. Health staff can see vital information about children based anywhere in England. Social care staff can see if a child in their care attends an unscheduled care setting anywhere in the country.
2. Health and social care staff are provided with each other's contact details so they are able to work more closely together. Sharing information will support better decision making about the child's care.
3. Health staff in unscheduled care settings have more reliable checks and the risk of missing a child who is known to a local authority is reduced. In addition, a flagged vulnerable child is more likely to see a senior clinician ensuring a senior overview of the child's care.
Increased workforce efficiency and effectiveness - doing the most for children with the resources we have
1. Child Protection - Information Sharing replaces manual processes, thus freeing up resources to be used elsewhere. The process is automated and information is sent to the NHS Spine daily ensuring child's data is always up to date and current.
2. In the long term, local authorities won't have to collate a child protection list and send it to their local health partners. This will remove the associated costs, time and effort in managing this process. Likewise, NHS trusts won't have to receive and distribute the child protection list to the relevant departments, or set safeguarding flags to alert clinicians if a child attends. The freed up time, cost and effort can be used elsewhere.
Watch our short animations that demonstrate how the Child Protection - Information Sharing system works, and how it affects the care vulnerable children receive.