Lancashire County Council has introduced a new ICT system to share information in an attempt to spot potential child abuse at an early stage.
The Child Protection – Information Sharing project will encourage the sharing of information between health and social care partners. Healthcare workers will be able to see whether a child has frequently attended emergency departments or urgent care centres over a period of time, which could be an indication of neglect or abuse.
Andrew Sofield, business transformation lead at the council said: “The CP-IS project will enable intelligent information sharing with health partners, to highlight when looked after children or those with a child protection plan present in an unscheduled health setting.
“Child protection has always been at the centre of our work in Lancashire and our determination to go live with CP-IS is testament to that.”
The scheme was commissioned by NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre and has been developed by supplier Liquidlogic.
It will provide access to information on children who are subject to a child protection plan, looked after children and any pregnant woman whose unborn child has a pre-birth protection plan. David Grigsby, managing director of Liquidlogic said: “Lancashire’s go live with CP-IS is a key milestone for health and social care integration projects. “Often projects like this are relegated to the ‘too difficult pile’.
“However, Lancashire County Council has proved its tenacity and ensured the project took off with admirable efficiency.”
“Lancashire has paved the way for other Local Authorities with CP-IS.”
Only NHS staff involved with the care of the child will have access to the information, which is non-clinical. It will be accessed via a secure electronic system and robust rules about who has permission to view the information are in place, according to the council.