Debbie joined the team at Lambeth Palace in November 2021, following a 30-year career at the Metropolitan Police.
Her role at Lambeth Palace is to lead on the development and review of relevant policies and training and ensure proper records are maintained. She provides advice and support to staff and other members of the Palace communities on safeguarding related matters. She also takes on strategic oversight, together with day-to-day professional triage of correspondence, including assessment of risk, and co-ordination of response, referring to National Safeguarding Team caseworkers, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisors and statutory authorities as appropriate.
Why is Good Reporting so important?
Good reporting ensures that the right information is given to the right people in a timely manner. It enables safeguarding professionals to identify whether there is a concern and whether to take swift action to protect an individual. A report could make the difference between life and death. It could save an individual from further harm.
How can we become good at reporting?
Good reporting is all about the education and empowerment of individuals to ensure they recognise signs of trafficking or any safeguarding concern and that they are confident in knowing how to deal with a concern and who to report it to. People need to know what they are looking at and be able to recognise the issues. Once they have a good understanding and awareness of modern slavery and how to identify signs of abuse, then we need to move on to empowering people to take action. We need to encourage people to refer their concerns at the earliest opportunity to prevent risk or further harm to those at risk.
What does Good Reporting look like?
Good reporting is about providing the fullest information possible so that safeguarding officers can build up an accurate picture of what is going on. The detail provided might seem insignificant but for the professionals who look at safeguarding issues every day, it could be the missing part of the jigsaw.
There is no such thing as too much information. By providing all the detail you can remember, you are handing information over to a professional who will know what they are looking at and how to deal with the situation. They will be able to spot themes and discern whether there is a safeguarding issue.
How can individuals report well?
If possible, and if it is safe to do so, make a note of what you have seen and heard. If it is not possible to write things down at the time, make a mental note and record what you have seen at the earliest opportunity, once safe to do so.
Think about the words WHO, WHAT, WHY, WHERE.
Think about everything you’ve seen and heard – did a car drop someone off at the food bank? What did the car look like? What was the registration number? What did the driver of the car look like? How many other people were in the car? What did the person look like you are concerned about? What were they wearing? What did they say? Did they have an accent? What was their manner like?