Social Work and Education Records that show you were in care
A local authority may have a record showing you spent time in care as a child, even if they did not run the home that you stayed in or they moved you to different area. In summary:
- The local authority that made arrangements to place you in care (sometimes called the placing authority and is the authority area where you lived when you were first placed in care) might have records reflecting the arrangements that were made and information on your circumstances around that time.
- The local authority that 'hosted' your care home (the area where the care home was located), even if the care home was owned and run by a voluntary or faith- based (religious) organisation and you had ongoing social work involvement in a different area.
- Education registers, organisational records as well as personal care records – can sometimes be found in the authority where the care home was based.
Please note: In some cases this might mean that you have two local authorities to contact – the one that organised your care and the one where the care home was based.