Skip to 0 minutes and 1 secondIn 1935, in the run up to the Second World War, the United States came up with a new aircraft to dominate the air battle against future adversaries, the B-17 Flying Fortress. It was bigger, could carry heavier payloads, and fly higher than any enemy aircraft. But unfortunately, the B-17 crashed on its very first flight. That had nothing to do with the aircraft or the technology. In fact, it crashed because the pilot had forgotten to disengage a new locking mechanism on the controls. But instead of sending the pilots back for retraining, the manufacturer came up with an answer to prevent more crashes-- the simple but ingenious checklist, a procedural document that made sure you could operate the aircraft safely.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsThis document saved more pilot lives than any other dedicated life-saving equipment in the air war. This in effect led to the life-saving documentation that astronauts use, from Neil Armstrong on the moon to the men and women from various space agencies in orbit right now on the International Space Station. But one of the biggest life-saving checklists was designed when a senior researcher in the United States discovered how intravenous lines delivering medication to patients on operating tables were getting infected, leading to an increase in deaths. He created a document that dropped the infection rate from 11% to almost zero. It's a document that seems simplistic. So this week we are going to explore the subject of documentation.

Skip to 1 minute and 36 secondsMarino, are you fond of producing documents? To be frank, Dave, I'll admit it. Documentation can be quite tedious and a chore. But year after year, case after case in the field of safeguarding adults, good and accurate documentation has proven to be invaluable. So this week, we ask what does good documentation look like? What do we call a good document? How do you report well? And how do you produce a good report? Then, we will go back to Sofia and explore how the lack of documentation impacted on her case. And finally, we will delve into the role of supervision in safeguarding adults. But first, ask yourself this question. Can a good document save a life in safeguarding?

Skip to 2 minutes and 24 secondsAnd, as a safeguarding professional, have you come across an outstanding example of documentation? Think, discuss, and tell us more about it in the Comments sections.

Welcome to your final week

It may sometime feel like a chore, but producing good and accurate documentation is an essential skill for any safeguarding champion.

Marino and Dave explain how one of the most simple but ingenious documents, the humble checklist, is vital in all kinds of contexts, from safeguarding adults on Earth to keeping astronauts alive in space.

Something to consider…

After watching the video, ask yourself these questions:

  • Can a good document save a life in safeguarding?
  • Have you come across an outstanding example of documentation in your workplace?

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