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Accessing records

​​​​​​​​​​Accessing the information about your time in care can be daunting, exciting, exhilarating and nerve-wracking. It can be life-changing, or merely satisfy your curiosity. For many, it is a very positive and uplifting experience.

There can be a range of reasons why you may want to do this, including

  • Curiosity about why you came into care
  • What happened and when
  • A need to make sense of difficult memories and life events
  • To clarify explanations
  • A desire to trace family members
  • Seeking medical information in reference to hereditary illness/disease
  • To obtain photos/certificates.

Requesting personal information from us

There are a few steps you need to take before we can release personal information held by us. We usually charge​ £10 to access records, however this does not apply to care leavers.​

Find out how to access your records

If you want more legal information, you can visit the Care Leavers’ Association website or that of the Office of the Information Commissioner.


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