MIRRA (Memory – Identity – Rights in Records – Access), a research project led by UCL with the Care Leaver’s Association and charity Family Action has found that the voices of the children and young people who lived in social care were often entirely missing from their own records, causing significant distress and upset. The project has set out a number of recommendations for local authorities, information professionals and social workers:
- Records should be co-created by all those involved in a child’s care and should include the voices of children themselves.
- Best practice guidance for records creation and management should be established
- New standards for access to records for all care-experienced persons should be developed