Effective Record Keeping

  • Keeping good records in essential. Your records allow you to look back and judge whet has been happening to an individual over a long period. Your records will help to build up a detailed picture of the individual’s situation.  They are an invaluable tool when answering questions passed by your manager, the police or social worker.
  • If you have a safeguarding concern, it is very important to keep good records.
  • Your records allow you to look back and assess what has been happening to an individual over a period of time. They also help you to build up a detailed picture of an individual’s current situation.
  • Your records are an invaluable tool that will help you to answer questions posed by your manager, the police or social workers. They may even be used by other people, particularly if the courts are involved.
  • You need to keep detailed records of any incidents that give you cause for concern, even if they don’t lead to an immediate referral. You can create a record when the abuse is noticed or disclosed, or at some time afterwards. Information that you record at the time of the abuse carries more weight than that written later.
  • You are responsible for ensuring that all written records, including things like notes, letters, bank statements and medical notes are kept in a safe place.