Information Sharing Matters is a free education programme designed for the early years workforce and healthcare professionals about information sharing in early years.

An RCPCH/ 4Children project , it is a free educational resource that aims to empower families and professsionals to share information about children safely and effectively. This is a significant issue for anyone working with young children, and health visitors are at the very fore of this work.

Information Sharing Matters is designed to improve your knowledge, skills and understanding of the benefits of effectively sharing information in a professional context. It is made up of online and face-to-face resources supporting the training of individuals and multidisciplinary teams.

On completion of this programme you will be able to:

  • explain what information can and cannot be shared in a context of integrated working
  • describe the range of benefits to children and families related to information sharing, with a focus on improving outcomes
  • use and share good practice with your colleagues and between individuals and organisations
  • support improved information sharing, helping to build trust between professionals and improving outcomes for young children and their families


partners_logos_4c_logo4Children is conducting a survey to understand more about the impact on children and families of partnership working involving children’s centres.

This survey is for staff with direct experience of working in partnership with children’s centres, for example by sharing data, working in a children’s centre, or referring or receiving referrals from children’s centre staff. It is aimed at a wide range of partners including: Health Visitors, social care, employment support, voluntary sector, early years and childcare providers, housing, education, Troubled Families teams, criminal justice, volunteers and carers.

The survey will take around 20-30 minutes to complete. Respondents can remain anonymous and have the option of being entered in to a prize drawer to win a £50 One4All voucher. A short report will be published in the summer based on the survey findings.

4Children is also setting up focus groups in a number of local areas to explore these themes further.

If you are able to help facilitate a focus group, or with any questions, please contact Jessica Southgate, Head of Policy, [email protected]