Care records from children's homes
Catholic Religious Orders
Over time, a number of male and female Catholic Religious Orders provided and managed residential homes, for example the Christian Brothers, Daughters of Charity or Sisters of Nazareth. If your care home was run by a Catholic Religious Order, the Order itself may have records relating to your time there. If available, the type of information can vary. Sometimes there might a bit of detail or in many cases simply a record of your admission, discharge or if it exists - a baptism record or first communion record that may show the address you were in care. Some religious orders have their own archives and staff who will search for information regarding your time in care. Again, some religious orders ran establishments over decades and many a very long time ago. Some are better placed than others in terms of the availability of records and the arrangements in place. Often, a Religious Order will summarise the information they have in a letter to you, rather than send a copy of any documents or registers (a summary letter is acceptable for the Advance Payment Scheme). For further information about Approved Achools or List D Schools, please see that section.
Please get in touch with the Advance Payment Team on 0808 169 9740 if you would like to discuss a particular Religious Order, if you do not know who the Order was, or if the Order has told you that they are unable to provide any information about your time in care.