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New Grants Announced!

RAD2jigsaw A new round of the Records Access Documentation grants for organisations to document records relating to care leavers will open in October.
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‘That’s what happened to me. It’s got to stop.’

tn_jigsawmotifcrop3 “You’ve got to do something, mate. Did you see it the other night? The bastards! It was brutal. That’s what happened to me. It’s got to stop.”
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tn_Richard-Rose-tree.png On Monday 18 July 2016, the University of Melbourne hosted a workshop related to ‘Routes to the Past’, a project exploring possibilities for new collaborative approaches to working with Care Leavers, supporting them through the processes of accessing records, discovering their family history and coming to terms with a past in institutional ‘care’.
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Visualising #blogjune

tn_Piechart Rather than complete a traditional written summary of our #blogjune posts, I have visualised some of the interesting things from the month. During #blogjune the diversity of our authors and our posts increased and this first visualisation shows the amount of blog posts written by guest authors in comparison to authors from the Find & Connect web resource.
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Last day!

tn_jigsawmotifcrop3 We have made it! Today is the last day of #blogjune. This means we have written a post for every (working) day in June. We have had 11 authors for the month and 21 blog posts.
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Civil Litigation

tn_jigsawmotifcrop3 The Senate report, Betrayal of Trust and the Royal Commission have all made recommendations about the need to provide external oversight to ensure that claims made against institutions, via civil litigation for abuse, are transparent and non‐adversarial.
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Broken links – so much more than frustration

404Error Are they trying to hide something? I’ve been led astray! (Participant, Find & Connect Usability testing, 2012) Broken links are all over the internet, but what few people realise is the powerful, negative, even traumatising effect they can have on vulnerable people. Fixing them is part of my job, and something that takes (quite a lot of) time.
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‘Let me tell you’: Designing personal digital archives for children in out-of-home care

LifeStory Personal recordkeeping refers to the processes of creating, capturing, organising and pluralising records of a personal nature, whether by the individuals themselves or by others. This means that the records that are created about a child in out-of-home care (OOHC) actually forms part of that child’s personal recordkeeping.
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‘Your mum wrote every week’

tn_jigsawmotifcrop3 The records held by past providers are vitally important to Care Leavers seeking to understand their own past, and are potential evidence for individual legal action and enquiries such as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Access to records is a key step to restorative justice, and organisations can show their commitment by being transparent about the records they hold.
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Service Records as a piece of the puzzle

Leonard_Bugg_thumbRecently at Lotus Place we have noticed a flurry of interest in service records, particularly from World War Two. Overwhelmingly these relate to fathers / grandfathers / brothers / uncles but there are also a number of mothers / grandmothers / sisters / aunts who enlisted. People find a range of benefits when they access a service record.
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