Want to know what's in your records?

When you are in care there will be a lot of information written about you. This will include reports that are used at your review meetings and things your social worker will write about the conversations they have with you, your family and your carers.

Access to your files

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you have a right to know what information is being kept about you. This includes information that is kept on computers as well as written in paper files.

Children can apply to see information that has been written about them at any age so long as they can understand what they are applying for and the information they will be given. Sometimes this may be withheld if it is felt that sharing the information may cause them serious harm.

A parent would not usually be entitled to see their child's files without the permission of the child or young person.