Resources: New social work tool aims to support and improve recording skills – SCIE
It is based on the concept of PARTNERSHIP – that recording should be done, as much as possible, in conjunction with the person you are working with.
The importance of recording
Recording is an integral and important part of social work and social care. It is not simply an administrative burden to go through as quickly as possible, but is central to good, person-centred support. Recording is vital:
- It supports good care and support
- It is a legal requirement and part of staff’s professional duty
- It promotes continuity of care and communication with other agencies
- It is a tool to help identify themes and challenges in a person’s life
- It is key to accountability – to people who use services, to managers, to inspections and audits
- It is evidence – for court, complaints and investigations
It will enhance your practice and the support you can offer people if you can make good recording a central part of your work.
Perspectives of the importance of social care recording
These three short films illustrate the actual harm that can occur if recording is done poorly. They show that recording is part of making sure people’s wellbeing is promoted, not an administrative add-on to the main business of social work.