Darren Coyne of the Care Leavers Association and a member of our Campaign Group and John-george Nicholson share their personal stories of accessing their care files as adults. Both Darren and John-george were actively involved as research participants in the MIRRA project at UCL.
In these two podcasts, they talk about the emotional impact of receiving care files, the importance of child-centred recording, and provide suggestions of how practitioners can implement good recording.
The podcasts enable social workers and data governance officers to reflect on:
- What it means emotionally to access your care file.
- The experience of reading your care file, and its emotional impact.
- The significance of redaction and not hearing your voice within your care records.
- What child-centred record keeping would look like and why it is so important.
- The power and use of language within records, and recording positive ‘joyous moments’, and times of celebration not just negatives.
The second podcast sets out recommendations to take forward in your organisation or team, the importance of involving the child and young person in the process of creating records which will be central to their knowledge of their lives when they are adults.
Follow the link below to listen to the podcast.