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The Child Protection - Information Sharing project

The Child Protection - Information Sharing project (CP-IS) is an initiative that helps to make sure health and social care services work together. Birmingham City Council is a local authority partner.

CP-IS focuses on improving the protection of vulnerable children known to social services when they attend an NHS unscheduled care setting:

  • Emergency department
  • Walk-in centre
  • Out of hours GP
  • Minor injuries unit
  • Paediatric ward
  • Maternity unit
  • Ambulance service

CP-IS provides health professionals with prompt and easy access to key social care information that can help them identify if a child is at risk of significant harm from abuse, neglect or maltreatment.

The project links IT systems from NHS unscheduled care and social care child protection teams, this allows information to be shared about three specific categories of child:

  • 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

Last reviewed: 27 July 2021