ACAL has participated in a campaign to get care leavers better access to care records. This articles appeared in th Guardian explaining the problem, and what steps are being taken to improve Local Authority guidance on the subject.
“Adults who have spent time in care homes as children are able to apply for access to personal information held in care records under the Data Protection Act. But campaigners say that local authority responses to such requests are erratic and inconsistent: applicants are too often told their records can’t be located, or handed files rendered virtually meaningless by the thick black lines of redaction, with no explanation of the deletions. Support or signposting to organisations that can help are also thin on the ground.”
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