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Recordkeeping and information sharing

This report examines records and recordkeeping by institutions that care for or provide services to children; and information sharing between institutions with responsibilities for children’s safety and wellbeing and between those institutions and relevant professionals. It makes recommendations to improve records and recordkeeping practices within institutions and information sharing between key agencies and institutions.

Summary

This volume looks, first, at records and recordkeeping by institutions that care for or provide services to children. The creation of accurate records and the exercise of good recordkeeping practices are critical to identifying, preventing and responding to child sexual abuse. Records are also important in alleviating the impact of child sexual abuse for survivors. We make recommendations to improve records and recordkeeping practices within institutions.

The volume then examines information sharing between institutions with responsibilities for children’s safety and wellbeing, and between those institutions and relevant professionals. Such information sharing is also necessary to identify, prevent and respond to incidents and risks of child sexual abuse. We make recommendations to improve information sharing so as to better protect children from sexual abuse in institutions.

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