Child Protection - Information Sharing - HL7 V3 API
Use this API to access Child Protection - Information Sharing (CP-IS), the national electronic database of child protection information.
The API can be used by local authorities and unscheduled care providers as follows:
As a local authority, you can:
upload a patient's CP-IS information
receive a notification when the patient's CP-IS information is accessed from an unscheduled care setting
receive a notification of an inactive NHS number
Local authorities originally used a CP-IS client to transfer CP-IS data from their children’s social care systems to CP-IS via the Spine. This was replaced by the MESH client which all local authorities now use to exchange information with CP-IS - see connections 1 to 4 on the diagram.
Unscheduled care providers
As an unscheduled care provider, you can:
get a patient's CP-IS information - which automatically triggers a notification to the relevant local authority - see connections 5 and 6 on the diagram
Scheduled care providers
CP-IS is not currently available for use in scheduled care settings.
Information held in CP-IS
CP-IS holds the following information for each registered patient:
details of their plan - type, start date and end date
details of the 25 most recent CP-IS information accesses from unscheduled care settings in England
the name of the responsible local authority - together with their office hours phone and emergency duty contact numbers
All records in CP-IS are held against the patient's NHS number. It is therefore very important to ensure you use the correct NHS number for each patient.
For more details, see CP-IS NHS number matching information.
Using SCRa as an interim measure
We prefer unscheduled care providers to integrate their applications directly with CP-IS using our CP-IS APIs. However, as an interim measure, you can use our Summary Care Record application (SCRa) to access CP-IS information.
Spine Mini Service Provider (SMSP) options
There are also commercially available products which give easier access to CP-IS, known as Spine Mini Service Providers (SMSPs).
These and other conforming software products are listed in our Conformance Catalogue.
If you are interested in becoming a provider of one of these products, see Child Protection - Information Sharing - SMSP API standards.