Minister urges organisations to implement Child Protection - Information Sharing system
[London, UK] Children’s Minister Nadhim Zahawi is urging NHS organisations and local authorities to prioritise implementation of the Child Protection - Information Sharing (CP-IS) system after a visit to the London Finchley Memorial Hospital walk-in centre last week.
Figures from NHS Digital indicate that the number of vulnerable children protected by the system has increased by more than 50 per cent since September 2017, from nearly 86,000 to 131,000.
“Keeping children safe is absolutely vital and we want a world-class child protection system that makes sure our vulnerable children get the support they need, when they need it.
“A key part of this is access to information, and the Child Protection Information Sharing project is an important tool in joining up our systems so doctors, nurses and social workers have a more detailed picture about the vulnerable children they care for," Mr Zahawi said.
As of May 2018, 951 organisations - healthcare, local authority and individual healthcare settings - in England had gone live with CP-IS.
The accelerated uptake comes after a £500,000 funding injection from the Department for Education and a further £500,000 from NHS England.
“The funding has helped rapidly increase the number of children protected by the system and we want the remaining local authorities and healthcare organisations to implement as soon as possible,” Mr Zahawi added.
"CP-IS ensures that social workers have a more complete picture of a child’s contact with unscheduled health services.
“We have on a number of occasions obtained crucial information about a young person’s wellbeing that we would otherwise not have received,” said Jenni Spencer, Camden Council Children’s Quality Assurance Service Manager.
NHS Digital has created interactive maps showing real-time progress of CP-IS implementation, which can be accessed here.