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Appendix A: Guidance for information recording

The following provides some advice on the key pieces of information to record:

  • Personal information
    • Names – who you are concerned about and other relevant parties (perpetrator, children)
    • Dates of birth
    • Addresses
    • Contact details – are these kept safely and how and when can the victim be contacted?
  • Summary of what has happened
    • Distinguish between fact, allegation and victim opinion
    • Describe what you have seen – injuries, disruption in the home, damage to property
    • Dates and times
  • Actions taken
    • Who else have you spoken to? What was said? What was agreed?
    • What actions are you going to take or have you already taken?
    • What does the victim want?
    • Who are you referring to?
  • Have you got consent from the person to refer on – if not, what is your legal basis to share information? Is the person aware of what you are asking?
  • What is your professional judgement?
    • you may record views marked 'In my opinion'
    • Have you sought a second opinion/advice from line manager/specialist agency
  • Anything else that you consider to be important
  • Outcome of DASH risk assessment and action taken