A written Information Sharing Agreement is in place between Liverpool Women’s Hospital Trust and Liverpool City Council (Surestart Children’s Centres).

This agreement can be summarised as follows:-

  • A children’s centre information leaflet (supplied by the local authority) goes out with the booking appointment for newly pregnant mothers.
  • A mandatory field has been inserted on the central database, and at the time of the booking appointment, the midwife checks the leaflet has been received, and asks if the parent will give verbal consent for their contact details to be forwarded to their respective children’s centre.
  • Encrypted reports are produced and forwarded each week, via a secure email account to the relevant children’s centres, where authorised staff are provided with the ‘code’ to access the information within the email.
  • This information and data is stored securely by the respective children’s centres, and contact is then made with the mother-to-be, an appointment arranged, and written consent obtained, for inclusion on the children’s centre database.