As DSL, you are required to keep records about any safeguarding concerns. You may decide to keep paper records or use electronic storage. Whatever method you choose, make sure it’s secure, and no-one else outside your organisation has access to it.
Accurate and up-to-date records of safeguarding concerns are essential for a number of reasons.
- They can help you identify concerns at an early stage.
- They can help you identify patterns of concern.
- They can enable you to record seemingly minor issues to build a more complete picture of what a person may be experiencing.
- They help you monitor and manage safeguarding practices, including decision making, actions taken and agreed joint strategies with other agencies.
- They can provide you with evidence to support actions both within your organisation and when working with external agencies.
- They can support you to demonstrate action taken to reduce impact of harm.
- They can provide continuity when staff or volunteers change or are unavailable.