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BASW England Relationship-based Practice Week - Better recording in Children’s social work

BASW England 80-20 Campaign in partnership with University of Sussex Talking and Listening to Children (TLC) Research

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This session will examine how children and families social workers should try to improve the way which they record case notes. It will be an excellent introduction to our better recording guide which will be shared with all those who attend alongside a podcast with Ofsted on best practice for recording.

Outcomes for practitioners:

  • Consider some of the learning from previous methods of recording
  • Reflect on how your recording could be improved
  • Understand what best practice looks like

Outcomes for organisations:

  • Consider whether your organisation is meeting best practice in relation to recording
  • Receive sharable guidance on how to improve social work recording
  • Understand how your organisation can be stronger at recording


Jackie Mccartney is a care experienced adult who will talk about her own experience of accessing and understanding her “case file” and why it is important that we write case notes for the children we work with.

Dr Jane Herd will talk about the new 80/20 campaign better recording guide which was created with the input of service users, practitioners and managers and will explore the wider issue of how we use language verbally and in writing and its importance when taking a relational approach.