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Safeguarding record-keeping: A crucial role in protecting young people

Again and again we see safeguarding cases where poor record-keeping prevents prompt action from being taken to keep students safe. Elizabeth Rose looks at common problems and offers her advice
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I have written in SecEd before about the cornerstones of effective safeguarding practice – essentially the key things that should be in place to build the foundations of a culture of safeguarding. Along with safer recruitment, training and good multi-agency working, strong record-keeping is essential when working to keep children safe.

Time and time again we see that poor record-keeping contributes to poorer outcomes for children and cases where prompt action isn’t taken by professionals to keep children safe. We see this reported in serious case reviews and safeguarding practice reviews – records are not detailed enough, or information is not shared from these records in a timely manner.

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