As members are no doubt aware, ACAL has adopted the Access to Care Leavers Records campaign. A sub-group involving our President, Peter Garsden and other representatives of various support groups/charities such as Coram BAAF, Barnados, and the Care Leavers Association are campaigning, with the help of Baroness Lola Young for changes in the law.

During the recent debate in Parliament over intended legislation Baroness Young posted a question, to which we now have an answer:-

"Written answer to your QWA HL661 received from Lord Nash, the Department for Education

Lord Nash, the Department for Education, has provided the following answer to your written parliamentary question (HL661):

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) will have on care leavers’ full access to their care records. (HL661)

Tabled on: 13 June 2016

Lord Nash:

The Government is currently assessing the full impact that the General Data Protection Regulation will have on individual areas of data processing. Certain provisions of the Regulation will have direct effect in UK law, including a continuing right of access for data subjects to their personal data and other information. In certain areas, the regulation leaves the option for domestic legislation to restrict rights that arise under it in certain circumstances (article 23).

The Regulation will apply from 25 May 2018. Before then, the Department for Education will assess whether the current statutory guidance covering care leavers’ access to their case records needs to be revised.

Date and time of answer: 27 Jun 2016 at 16:15."

We await, with bated breath further news on the subject.