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The National Archives

Bessant Drive

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Twentieth century records of child social care are rich potential sources of information and data for researchers working in the humanities and social sciences. They are voluminous and detailed, providing opportunities for both quantitative and qualitative projects. However, accessing and using these records is practically, ethically and methodologically challenging, particularly where the subjects may still be alive.

This workshop will bring together researchers from varied disciplines (including history, social work and information studies) to explore research with social care records. In the morning speakers will share their own experiences of working with social care records, while in the afternoon we will discuss current legislative and regulatory frameworks; the impact of archival and recordkeeping practices; ethical approaches and approvals; participatory and action methodologies and practical limitations.

In addition to sharing knowledge we hope that the day will generate some actionable outputs, including the outline of a framework to support researchers, data controllers and the subjects of records to exercise their rights and responsibilities during the research process, and an outline research and reuse protocol that can be developed further in collaboration with The National Archives and other partners.

We invite researchers who work with social care records in any context and at any stage in their careers to join us for the session. An outline timetable of the day can be found below. Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

10.00am-10.20am – Coffee and registration

10.20am-10.30am - Introductions

10.30am-11.45am – Keynote provocations

Professor Gordon Lynch (University of Kent)

Professor Pamela Cox (University of Essex)

Professor Kate Morris (University of Sheffield

11.45am-12.45pm – Access to Records in Practice

Dr Michael Lambert (University of Liverpool)

Jessamy Carlson (University of Essex) and Dr Anna Sexton (UCL)

12.45pm-1.30pm – Lunch

1.30pm-2.45pm – Workshop

Group discussion and activity to unpack and explore issues surrounding the use of records of out-of-home childhood care for research.

2.45pm-3.00pm - Break (Coffee/Tea/Biscuits)

3.00pm-4.00pm – Actions

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