More than a piece of paper - what about support?
We recognise that any records relating to your time in care are very significant to you. Records are a vital link with the past, and are about you, your childhood and your circumstances. Getting no or very little information can be equally as difficult as getting lots of information.
Although only one supporting document is required as evidence for the Advance Payment Scheme, some survivors will choose to access their full records at the time of applying or at another date. Some survivors tell us that when full records have been accessed, they have discovered things about themselves or their families for the first time. For some it can be difficult to make sense of what is received, sometimes redactions add to this problem (redaction is where information about other people is removed from the document sent to you) and for others it has filled in some gaps in their understanding. We encourage you to call us on 0808 169 9740 to talk through the process, your choices and about the support that is available.