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AYRshare is an innovative computer system developed by the three Ayrshire Councils in partnership with NHS Ayrshire & Arran.  It enables effective, timely and secure sharing of information between partners to help address concerns about the wellbeing and protection of children and young people.  Over 1,800 practitioners across Ayrshire now use AYRshare to share information on 7,000 children and young people more efficiently, effectively and securely than was possible in the past. The integration of AYRshare with social and health care systems supports assessment and planning processes that underpin the national GIRFEC programme, early intervention strategies and the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. Improved outcomes enabled by AYRshare are now reported by our practitioners.

Theme: Children and Education

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Electronic links have been created between Child Health, Council Social Work systems and AYRshare over a secure network.  Practitioners – including Named Persons and specialist staff in Health and Education and social workers – use AYRshare to share information that informs multi-agency assessment and care planning.  In addition, practitioners use AYRshare to create a shared and integrated chronology of significant events in the life of a child or young person.

AYRshare enables our practitioners to deliver a more seamless and timely service for the benefit of children, young people and their families and the wider community.  Specific outcomes reported are improved school attendance, reduced offending, helping a young mother to cope better, and reducing the risk of self-harm.

AYRshare is designed by practitioners for practitioners around the principles of Getting it right for every child.  Engagement of practitioners throughout the project was achieved through the Business Delivery Group and involvement of wider groups in workshops at the design and development stages.  This approach ensured that needs and concerns were addressed, a shared understanding of expectations was agreed and on-going collaboration and involvement of practitioners maintained.  Simplicity was a key guiding principle to avoid unnecessary features, rework and to maintain focus throughout the project.  We embraced the best ideas and principles from other organisations within and beyond Scotland who had invested and strived to develop effective sharing mechanisms.

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To find out more about this case study, please contact:


John Barrett

eHealth Programme Manager

South Ayrshire Council

01563 826778

Case study added to site: June 2016

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