NHS Digital reported that the Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS) project, a child safeguarding system, has been rolled out across London.
CP-IS has been designed to help health and social care staff to securely share information to protect children, who are considered vulnerable and at risk. The programme is said to have flagged such young patients arriving at A&E, minor injury unit and other unscheduled healthcare settings to their social workers.
NHS Digital said that by alerting the associated social workers, earlier interventions can be triggered and appropriate action can be taken to stop or reduce harm happening to children in the future.
NHS Digital product development executive director Wendy Clark said: “The Child Protection Information Sharing system is a fantastic example of using IT to provide interoperability across health and social care and enabling support services to protect young people who are most at need.
“It is now live in 142 local authorities providing an extra layer of protection for 180,000 of the most vulnerable children when they attend emergency and unscheduled health care settings in the NHS.
“We are dedicated to delivering the commitments set out in the NHS long term plan to further expand CP-IS into primary care and support growing interoperability across health and care sector.”
The agency said that every month the CP-IS system is currently flagging 7,000-9,000 children in unscheduled care settings.
According to NHS Digital, the CP-IS project links the IT systems used in health and social care, helping organisations to enable secure sharing of basic information on the child. Only trained professionals involved in a child’s care can access the information about the child’s interactions with health and social care services.
NHS Digital said that the implementation of the CP-IS has so far resulted in information of over 179,000 vulnerable children subject to child protection plans, looked after child status and unborn child protection plans uploaded by local authorities to the NHS Spine.