Last reviewed on 16 August 2021
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Find out what safeguarding information you need to record, and use our templates to keep an up-to-date record of all safeguarding concerns raised, including child protection and general safeguarding concerns, and allegations involving staff.

What to record 

Record in writing

  • All safeguarding concerns, discussions and decisions made (including referrals)
  • The reasons for those decisions

Your designated safeguarding lead (DSL) should make sure that staff understand what they need to record – where staff aren't sure, they should discuss this with the DSL or deputy. 

This is explained in paragraph 71 of Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE). 

Get your local safeguarding partners involved

Contact your local safeguarding partners to ask if they have a preferred format for the record. Your 3 local partners are:

  • Your local authority (LA)
  • A clinical commissioning group within the LA
  • A chief officer of police within the LA

Always tell your LA where there are concerns that a child is at risk of, or already suffering from, harm (West Sussex County Council told us this).

Keep a separate child protection file for each child, and make sure all records are only accessible to people