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WS4 Out-of-home care records - Virtual Workshop

Presentation Description

This workshop will discuss the importance of records for people who grew up in out-of-home care, discuss what organisations can do to provide better information and access to these records, and highlight issues leading to better records access. In doing this, we will highlight the importance of centering people and relationships in records work, challenging and reimagining the work of archives.   Session participants will identify the records of out-of-home care that they hold, consider issues of third-party privacy, and develop a plan to provide better access to these records, including steps to open discussions around access within their organisations.   

This session is aimed at anyone whose organisation holds records of out-of-home care. While a large portion of this workshop will focus on providing best practice access, it will also highlight why these records are important to people who grew up in out-of-home care; histories and recommendations around these records; and frameworks which can assist organisations in this space.  

By the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to: 
  • Understand why records of out-of-home care are so important
  • Identify what the concept of “records of out-of-home care” encompasses
  • Identify the records of out-of-home care that their organisation holds
  • Articulate issues around records access, and discuss frameworks, policies and documents that have relevance in relation to records access, and understand how these can be used to improve access
  • Consider best-practice redaction processes for different records types, including photographs
  • Create a plan for improving access to the records they hold, and consider what elements are required to implement the plan.  As part of the workshop, participants will be completing plans for their organisations. 

The workshop is ~3 hours (including breaks) and is limited to a maximum of 20 participants. 

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