Child Protection ‘looked after’ information to be shared with school nurses and health visitors

Source: NHS Digital First Published: 11 April 2020

A tool that provides data on protected vulnerable children for the NHS and local authorities is being broadened to include school nurses and health visitors.

Child Protection Information Sharing (CP-IS) is a system that alerts NHS staff when children who are subject to a child protection plan, or children designated as ‘looked after’, or pregnant women who have an unborn child protection plan, present at an unscheduled care setting (such as an A&E or walk in centre).

It also alerts the child’s social worker when such a visit occurs, ensuring a joined up full picture.

Now the system is being urgently amended so that school nurses and health visitors will receive details of all children falling under any of those three categories in their school or area. The information will be sent to them via their clinical system from the NHS Spine.

Anne Longfield, Children’s Commissioner for England, said:

“At a time of unprecedented pressure on the services which are there to protect children, it is more important than ever that every tool is used to identify and help those who are most at risk.”

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