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MIRRA: Memory – Identity – Rights in Records – Access




The MIRRA project is creating a number of resources to support the rights of care leavers, and to help social care practitioners, information professionals and academic researchers fulfil their duties and responsibilities.  You can download them from this page, or access them via the links.

  • Podcast

Miriam Antcliffe, Research in Practice Research and Development Officer, speaks to John-george and Darren who share their personal stories of accessing their care files as adults in this podcast

  • Project Leaflets

MIRRA Research Leaflet: Description and Actions

MIRRA Poster: Findings

  • Case Studies

Care Leavers Experiences

Practitioner Perspectives

  • Film

  • MIRRA children’s diary app specification

MIRRA children’s diary app specification facilitates more participatory recordkeeping by providing a platform for young people in care to contribute to their own care record. The specification is published on Open Access on a Creative Commons licence:

Shepherd, Elizabeth, Sexton, Anna, Lomas, Elizabeth, Williams, Peter, Denton, Mark, & Marchant, Tanya. (2021). MIRRA app SRS: Memory – Identity – Rights in Records – Access Research Project: a participatory recordkeeping application Software Requirements Specification (SRS). Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5599430

  • Research Symposium

All of the presentations from our symposium on 18th July 2019 were filmed and can be found on YouTube via the link below.

Symposium Presentations playlist.

  • Research Impact case study

Elizabeth Shepherd talks about the MIRRA research project in a UCL research impact and enterprise video.


Where research transforms access to children’s social care records: Hear how UCL research led by care experienced people has restored children’s voices to official records of their time in care REF podcast https://soundcloud.com/uclsound/where-research-transforms-access-to-childrens-social-care-records?utm_source=www.ucl.ac.uk&utm_campaign=wtshare&utm_medium=widget&utm_content=https%253A%252F%252Fsoundcloud.com%252Fuclsound%252Fwhere-research-transforms-access-to-childrens-social-care-records

#MadeAtUCL, which showcases the ground-breaking research of UCL staff and students, exploring ‘How Data Moves’.

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3Aye61FTzAkpUWQKOsUb4p?si=yoylhLr1Qj6OmDTjw0GvqA&context=spotify%3Ashow%3A62S8DS8knq27rUaAXECCOo or

  • Family Connect website

FamilyConnect helps adults who have been adopted or in care find answers to questions about their origins. MIRRA has been working with Family Connect, who have been fantastic in supporting our work.

  • Publications

Hoyle, V., Shepherd, E.,  Flinn, A. and Lomas, E (2019) “Child Social-Care Recording and the Information Rights of Care-Experienced People: A Recordkeeping Perspective” in the The British Journal of Social Work  https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcy115 (Open Access – Free to All)

Shepherd, E., Hoyle, V., Lomas, E., Flinn, A., Sexton, A. (2020). Towards a Human-Centred Participatory Approach to Child Social Care Recordkeeping. Archival Science. 20(4), 307-325. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10502-020-09338-9 Gold Open Access.

Hoyle V, Shepherd E, Lomas E, Flinn A (2020). Recordkeeping and the life-long memory and identity needs of care-experienced children and young people. Child and Family Social Work. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12778  Gold Open Access.

Lomas, Elizabeth, Elizabeth Shepherd, Victoria Hoyle, Anna Sexton, and Andrew Flinn. 2022. “A Framework for Person-Centred Recordkeeping Drawn through the Lens of Out-of-Home Child-Care Contexts”. Archivaria 94 (December), 64-93. https://archivaria.ca/index.php/archivaria/article/view/13865. This article drew on a more detailed RecordkeepingFramework_Toolkit evolved as part of the MIRRA project.

  • Raw data

Anonymised interview transcripts from the first phase of MIRRA can be found on the UCL Data Repository:


  • Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

MIRRA is helping UCL to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 16: Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

Target 16.10: Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreement