Historical Records


Although this is not specifically an organisation or site that work with care records/history, they are very interested in developing a positive way forward in working with professionals and communities to gain an improved service.


Barnardos - Child migrants

"Dr. Barnardo’s Homes, as Barnardo’s was then known, was one of many children’s charities involved in child migration. The practice, which began in earnest in the late 1800s and started to decline rapidly after World War II, was born from the idea of offering children an opportunity of a new start in life, in a new country. This was a widely accepted policy at the time, and was supported by both British and overseas governments. The voluntary agencies who sent children were motivated by the belief that a fresh start would offer the children opportunities they would not have had if they remained in the UK."


Birmingham City Council

"Between 2009 and 2010 a small team, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Birmingham City Council, set about creating a history and archive of Birmingham's Council-run children's homes between the years 1949 and 1990. At that stage, it was not known how many children's homes there were, where they were or who was in them. Through trawling through Guardians of the Poor, Children's Committee, and Social Services minutes, the project has put together an online exhibition of children's homes in Birmingham. Added to this, information, we have some memories from people who used to live or work in the children's homes. The result of our work is an online Directory of Birmingham's Council-run Children's Homes and a referenced paper version is available at Birmingham Archives & Heritage, as is a guide to the sources relating to the homes. In addition to A potted history of Birmingham City Council Children’s Homes, you can also see gallery panels on the project produced in 2010."


Care Leavers Association (CLA)

"Have a look around. If you were in care as a child then why not join us? If you'd like to contact people that you were in care with then why not join CareleaversReunited as well? Feel free to tell us your ideas or come to our meetings. We focus on many issues that are relevant to care leavers of all ages. Explore our website to find out more. Full membership is open to anyone aged 18 or over who spent all or part of their childhood in care (we have members aged from age 18 to over 80). If you support us but were not in care you can become an associate member. See our 'Get Involved' pages. If you would like to find out more, contact the office by email:  info@careleavers.com."


Child Care History Network

"The Child Care History Network aims to use the vast resources of the past to help promote the highest standards of service for children and young people and their familes Now, and in the future - Through

    -    Actively promoting interest in the history of services for children and young people and their families

    -    Identifying and encouraging the preservation of evidence and information concerning the history of services for children and

          young people;

    -    Initiating, encouraging and supporting research into the history of child care and related areas;

    -    Encouraging the application of lessons we learn by examining past experience to child and youth care policy development and



Find and Connect 

"The Find & Connect web resource brings together historical resources relating to institutional ‘care’ in Australia. You can use it to

    -    read information about and view images of children’s Homes

    -    get help to find records about your childhood in ‘care’

    -    connect with support groups and services in your state/territory


You will not find personal information or private records on Find & Connect. This website contains only information that is already published and/or in the public domain, or information that stakeholders have agreed to place in the public domain to help those who experienced out-of-home ‘care’ access records."


Foundling Hospital 

"The Foundling Hospital Collection spans four centuries and contains paintings, sculpture, prints, manuscripts, furniture, clocks, photographs and ephemera. Some of the most poignant items in the Collection are the foundling tokens.  These were pinned by mothers to their baby’s clothes and upon entry, the Hospital would attach them to the child’s record of admission. As foundling babies were given new names, these tokens helped ensure correct identification, should a parent ever return to claim their child. The children were not allowed to keep their tokens, which were frequently everyday objects, such as a coin or button."


History of care

"A warm welcome to the Former Children's Homes website. Having started in 2011, this is the first dedicated encyclopaedia of life in former children's homes and orphanages. Over the years, thousands and thousands of children spent time in these homes and yet we know very little about what life was like for them. The idea of this site is to share our memories and our family history research to build up a picture of what life was really like for people in children's homes so you are very welcome to contribute any information and photographs to the site and, of course, please feel free to tell us when we have got something wrong. This is a complicated topic and we may very well make mistakes."


Jenni Randall 

"11a Corve Lane, South Ockendon was a Children’s Resource Centre administered by Essex Social Service Department. It had been an unremarkable children’s home until 1983 when Jenni Randall was appointed to manage a new and innovative project there. In the residential home there were new ideas too, new rules, young people could live there for days or years, sometimes for remand periods,and  they were always welcome after they had left for independent living. The rules of daily living were those we hope to all live by in any setting rather than just in that children's home. The aim was to create a new kind of family "a care family". There were babies too! But more of them in the book. There was much media and professional interest at the time and the project now deserves to be explored with a view to sharing the ideas with a contemporary audience. There will be much to inform current practice in the non-family based care of young people looked after by the state. There will be our successes and failures and there will be the stories and the experiences of those who lived and worked there."



"The purpose of the project is to research Kibble's origins and development since its establishment in 1859, charting continuities and change in the centre's ethos and operation. The aim is to form a comprehensive history of the centre within the wider contexts of Reformatory, Approved and List D schools, as well as the contexts of national historical events, e.g. major legislation relating to residential childcare, the world wars and social and economic change. The project continues to evolve and develop as new sources and information emerge. There are three main strands to the research: written archive research, based on Kibble's own records; oral history, recording the personal Kibble memories of former and current staff, associated professionals and pupils; a database of admission and discharge records from 1859 onwards."


Planned Environment Therapy Trust - Other People's Children

"Therapeutic Living With Other People's Children' has been a major archive and oral history project engaging with the history and heritage of residential therapeutic child care between 1930 and 1980.  With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, between January 2010 and October 2011 the Planned Environment Therapeutic Trust (PETT) worked with volunteers from five children's communities to record personal histories, preserve the archives of individuals and communities, and help people to share and learn about their own, and other people's heritage. Although the funding has come to an end, the work goes on! The Archive and Study Centre welcomes volunteers interested in learning about oral history, sharing their heritage, history and memories, or learning how to care for historical records and archives.  Based in Toddington in Gloucestershire, the Planned Environment Therapy Trust's charitable mission is to support, promote, record, value and celebrate therapeutic work in caring, healing environments, institutions and communities for children, young people and adults, through the use of its Archive and Conference Facilities."


Quarriers - Migration of children in care

"Between 1869 and 1939 over 100,000 children were migrated from the United Kingdom to Canada by British philanthropic organisations. Although they were described — in the parlance of the Victorian era — as ‘orphans, waifs and strays’, in fact around two-thirds had at least one surviving parent and most were from families experiencing extreme poverty. Once they arrived in Canada, the younger children were adopted, the older children committed as indentured labourers. The Scottish philanthropist William Quarrier (1829-1903) through his Orphan Homes of Scotland was involved in the migration of 7,000 of these ‘Home Children’."


Quarriers - Trace your history

"Approximately 30,000 children spent at least some of their childhood in the Orphan Homes of Scotland, a name changed in 1958 to Quarriers Homes. Each child’s entry to and departure from the Homes was recorded as was basic information about the family’s circumstances. Records generally include more information about the progress of the individual child from the mid-1960s. These records are now contained on a securely held digital database and have a simple search facility. If you were a former boy or girl or are checking the information held on this website on behalf of a friend or relative who was, read about our Genealogy and Records Service to find out about the service we offer to former boys and girls."


The Children’s Society 

A virtual archive of children in care from 1881 - 1981. "Hidden Lives Revealed provides an intriguing encounter with children who were in the care of The Children's Society in late Victorian and early 20th Century Britain."



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