Action on Records Access
Making Connections is involved in the current Action On Records Access campaign. This campaign is headed by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering and addresses the inequality that currently exists when accessing records.
For many years now there has been a legislative framework in place and established practice to assist adopted people to access the support and services they may need across their lifespan. Adopted people can access information about their origins, family background and the circumstances of their adoption. Also, there are intermediary services to help them contact birth family members. The same opportunities and facilities do not extend to former care adults, although they are just as likely to share the same quest for information about their own personal history and desire to re-establish contact with family members.
Access to records for former care adults comes under the framework of the Data Protection Act. However, this is not an effective way to meet the information needs of former care adults as there are restrictions on third party information and it does not take into account the particular plight of former care adults who mainly want to obtain a family history, including details of their parents and siblings.
Essex, IG6 1QG
Service Manager: Kate Roach
Telephone: 020 8498 7536
Fax: 020 8498 7017
The building has access for people with disabilities and is situated 5 minutes from Barkingside underground station on the Central Line. 15 minutes from Junction 4 off M11.