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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

  • 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.

  • 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.