How do I make quick case notes?< All Topics A simple case note should include the following basic information that can be remembered using the acronym D.A.P. Data Summarize what was discussed and observed during the interaction over the phone, whether with the child or with a caregiver. Assess Based on what was discussed, what does the social worker believe the state of the child is. How is their mental state? Is there any indication of abuse or neglect? What appears to be their needs at this time? Plan State action steps for how the social worker and the team will assist at this time. What needs to take place to support the child and family? What will be the follow-up?