Accessing Records in Scotland: What care experienced people tell us about the Right of Access

Adults Children and Families

Introduction

This report talks about something that is very important to people with care experience: accessing their records from the time they were in care in Scotland.

Access to records has long been an important issue to people with care experience because these records are unique and can provide information about their past unavailable from any other source.

All of us need to know our history and how it has shaped who we are. More people with care experience are accessing their records for many reasons explained further in this summary. How these requests are managed can vary, from speed of response to what support is given, across the country.

The voices of people with lived experience of care and accessing records are
at the heart of this project.

Researched and Authored by: Aberdeen City Council, the Champions Board of West Dunbartonshire Council, The City of Edinburgh Council, Future Pathways, Social Work Scotland and Who Cares? Scotland.