Reclaiming Lost Childhoods: Developing a web-based data archive and directory of child care services and records in Scotland

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Workshop 1 - Memory, Narrative and Identity: The Needs of Care Leavers Over 480,000 people have experienced care in Scotland since the 1930s, and most are alive today. Many will have positive experiences of their time in care. Others, however, will have suffered abuse and neglect. Care leavers have stressed how important information about care placements and access to records is for their sense of identity. They have also highlighted the difficulties of tracing this information and accessing records. Many residential establishments, however, have closed down and information is patchy. Even where agencies are still operating, records have been lost or are difficult to access. Information about foster placements is also difficult to find. This project aims to bring together a range of disciplines – child care professionals, historians, archivists, sociologists, information technologists – alongside care leavers, to explore and understand the barriers and issues in tracing information and accessing records. Scottish Universities Insight Institute
Period15 May 2013
Event typeConference
LocationGlasgow, United KingdomShow on map


  • children in care
  • record keeping