Good practice in recording and access to records

Elizabeth Shepherd, Victoria Hoyle

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This briefing is for managers and senior leaders in children’s social care. Its purpose is to support strategic leaders and managers in achieving best practice in participatory, person-centred recording and access to records.The briefing

:> Offers an overview of recent research in children’s social care record-keeping, drawing on the views of careexperienced people – in particular, learning from the MIRRA project (see Box 1).

> Discusses the complex legislative and regulatory landscape in England around recording in children’s socialcare, including information rights under data protection law.

> Explains the crucial importance of person-centred recording and discusses how children’s social care canengage more directly with children, families and others in creating children’s records.

> Considers how children’s social care can develop a more participatory approach to record-keeping, includingpotential improvements to digital recording systems.

> Offers valuable guidance on providing and supporting access to records, including best practice in redaction.This briefing draws on learning from the MIRRA (Memory, Identity, Rights in Records, Access) research project as well as wider research.
Original languageEnglish
TypeStrategic Briefing
Media of outputBriefing paper
PublisherResearch in Practice
Number of pages29
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Jan 2022

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