Hampshire County Council has signed a deal with Capita to provide new IT systems that will transform the way data is shared between schools and children’s services teams across the authority.
The move will provide the council with a suite of integrated solutions that enable teams across the authority to see a single view of a child’s life.
Capita’s One management information system and SIMS Learning Gateway will integrate with several third-party components to give practitioners a more complete picture of a child’s circumstances. This will ensure authority staff have the information they need to implement timely interventions and improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families.
John Coughlan, director of children’s services at Hampshire County Council, said: “We wanted a management information system that would support the objectives set out in our Children and Young People's Plan - ensuring Hampshire can continue delivering first-class children’s services in the future - while providing our practitioners with the information they need to make a difference to the lives of children and young people.”
Staff with the appropriate authorisation will be able to log on and quickly see caseload detail and relevant information on children and young people from other systems. For example, a social worker will be able to access pupil attendance or attainment data alongside referral and assessment records, helping them to deliver the right support, at the right time, to children and families.
The new set-up could also potentially make it easier for practitioners to identify children at risk of offending, so that effective early help and prevention measures can be put in place.
As part of the contract, Capita will be supporting Hampshire in improving the use of its SIMS management information system in classrooms across its 536 schools, the majority of which use SIMS to record pupil data.
This will help them ensure the information available in SIMS, such as details of pupils’ attendance and achievement, informs good decision-making and drives whole-school improvement. The SIMS Learning Gateway system will also be offered to all Hampshire’s schools, which allows staff to access data on SIMS securely online when they need to.