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Accessing records from your time in care

​​​​​​​​​​Accessing the information about your time in care can be daunting, exciting, exhilarating and nerve-wracking. It can be life-changing, or merely satisfy your curiosity. For many, it is a very positive and uplifting experience.

How to request your records

Please make a Personal Information Request to access records from your time in care.

We usually charge a fee for making a Personal Information Request, however, this does not apply to care leavers.

Make a Personal Information Request to access your records

Reasons for wanting to access your records

You don't need a reason to want to see information about your time in care - and we won't pry into the reasons why when you make your request.

However, there are many reasons why you may want to do this, including:

  • Curiosity about why you came into care
  • To find out what happened and when
  • Wanting to make sense of difficult memories and life events
  • To clarify explanations
  • A desire to trace family members
  • Seeking medical information in reference to hereditary illness or disease
  • To obtain photos, letters or certificates

Legal information about your records

If you want more legal information about accessing your records, you can visit:

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0300 303 0440

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-4.30pm.

Cared For Children's Team
Floor 3, Fashion Corner
57-59 Drake Street
Rochdale OL16 1XL