Protect those most at risk
Current estimates suggest that there are more than 120,000 children across the UK that are deemed as being most vulnerable. The Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS) project aims to provide protection to these children by integrating agencies together and ensuring that information is available to those who need it.
The project builds upon the success of Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hubs (MASH). Multi Agency Safeguarding Hubs marked a serious step forward in inter-agency working, ensuring a multi-agency response to analyse risk. The CP-IS project addresses the area of unscheduled care.
One of the key times in which potential issues can be flagged is in unscheduled care settings. The process of identifying children who have received maltreatment, or are at risk of significant harm from abuse or neglect remains difficult for even the most experienced clinician to recognise during a single attendance.
The ability to correctly diagnose abuse or neglect depends on having the whole picture. Giving clinicians in unscheduled care settings access to relevant social care information is essential to successfully identifying children who may be at risk. CP-IS provides health care professionals with essential access to key social care information that can help them assess whether a child is at risk.
The project links the IT systems of NHS unscheduled care to those used by social care child protection teams. This allows information to be easily shared between systems about three specific categories of children:
Those with a child protection plan
Those classed as looked after (i.e. children with full and interim care orders or voluntary care agreements)
Any pregnant woman whose unborn child has a pre-birth protection plan
The CP-IS project aims to have 80% of NHS integrated systems transferring CP-IS information by the target implementation date of March 2018. To explain the scope of work that will need to be undertaken, the Health and Social Care Information Centre HSCIC is putting forward a webinar for IT suppliers and their customers.
It will be presented by Jill Hepsworth, CP-IS Programme Manager and her team, covering:
The CP-IS programme objectives
Progress and lessons learned to date
The help, guidance and support available to suppliers and end user sites implementing CP-IS
Sign up to HSCIC’s webinar
Taking place on Thursday 14th April, between 14:00 and 15:00, we urge all those with the ability to do so, to attend. It will be useful for your organisation to not only see the benefits of CP-IS first hand, but also see and how suppliers such as OLM can assist with the process.
Register your interest for the webinar here.
Work with us
Since our official accreditation from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) we have seen increased interest from local authorities looking to implement the solution. Due to our expertise we were selected as one of the initial development partners, working with a London Borough and the Department of Health.
Please contact us if you are interested in a Safeguarding Children integration project.