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Child protection records retention and storage guidance

Last updated: 01 Sept 2023 Topics: Safeguarding and child protection

Every organisation that holds records about children or adults must have policies and procedures in place regarding the retention and storage of that information. Clear guidelines for the retention, storage and destruction of child protection records are also required as part of safeguarding policies and procedures.

We’ve created this guidance to help organisations understand the principles of keeping and managing records about child protection concerns. It introduces key points you need to consider when developing or reviewing your child protection records retention and storage policy and signposts to further information.

This guidance will be helpful to anyone who has to keep child protection records. However some organisations, for example those in the education and health sectors, should also refer to sector-specific guidance.