There’s lot of talk at the moment about the sharing of key data via the Child Protection – Information Sharing (CP-IS) project. And rightly so – this project has been designed to help protect the most vulnerable children in society by encouraging health and local authority children services to share key data in a secure system.
For the forthcoming One spring release, we’ve ensured that One is compliant with the requirements of the CP-IS. This means that when local authority children’s services and social care teams enter changes to the looked-after child status, or the child protection status, the change is automatically sent from One to the NHS Spine via the CP-IS framework.
It’s about being able to ‘see the signs’ as early as possible. This new system will provide health professionals, such as those working in hospitals, walk-in centres and out-of-hours GPs, with prompt and easy access to key social care information. By having better quality information available, health professionals will be better equipped to identify when something seemingly ‘normal’ might actually be cause for concern.
Children’s services professionals will also be able to see whether a child has frequently attended emergency departments or urgent care centres over a period of time, giving them the information they need to investigate whether this is an indication of neglect or abuse.
We’re working closely with Swindon Borough Council to develop this functionality to be available to our children’s social care customers by April 2015. The CP-IS sharing functionality will also be applied across our new social care solution which we’re currently developing with key stakeholders and partners to help support the evolving and future needs of adult and children’s social care.