All young people who are either care experienced or had social workers involved in their childhood, have the right to access the information that is written about them and saved on their files. In this open course, we examine these legal rights and the various legal frameworks that govern the processes around accessing records. We consider best practice in supporting young people to access their care files, as well as consider the psychological and emotional benefits.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the day, participants will have:

  • Explored the legal context, addressing redaction and disclosure of third-party information
  • Learned from recent research findings and considered best practice in supporting care experienced young people to access their care files
  • Reflected on the emotional support and containment needed to enable care experienced people to access their care files 

Who should attend?

Any social worker who supports care experienced young people and those who had involvement from social workers; any social workers supporting foster carers, adopters or kinship carers whose young people in their care wish to access their care files; and any looked after child nurses or other health professionals who may be supporting care experienced young people who wish to access their files.

For social workers, reflection on this session may contribute to your continuing professional development (CPD).

See future dates for this course or commission the course for your organisation and we can come to you.