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How do I make case notes?

How do I make case notes?

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A simple case note should include the following basic information that can be remembered using the acronym D.A.P.


Summarize what was discussed and observed during the meeting with the child and/or caregiver. This can be applied to interaction over the phone as well.


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?


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?