Strathclyde Council Homes
Children's establishments run by Strathclyde Council.
- Bellshill Children's Home, 1 Scott Place, Bellshill
Surviving records for council-run children's homes are generally held in each council's own internal archives. Prior to 1991, however, when a legal requirement was introduced for councils to retain records of children leaving their care, the survival of such records is very variable. Contact details for local authorities in the UK can be found on the website of the Care Leavers Association (CLA). The CLA also provides guidance on accessing childhood care files, which are normally only open to the individuals they relate to.
Older records may sometimes be placed with the relevant county or borough record office. Many of these offices have online catalogues of their holdings and also contribute to the National Archives' Discovery database. Note that records containing personal data usually have access closed for a period of fifty years or more.
Older material relating to Strathclyde Council homes may exist at:
- The Strathclyde Council was abolished in 1996 and the area it covered divided up between twelve other council areas: Argyll and Bute, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, and West Dunbartonshire. Records for institutions operated by Strathclyde Council may have been inherited by archives in the relevant area, e.g. Arygyll & Bute Archives, Ayrshire Archives, East Dunbartonshire Archives, West Dunbartonshire Archives, Glasgow Archives, Inverclyde Archives, North Lanarkshire Archives, South Lanarkshire Archives and Paisley Archives.
Some records relating to council-run homes, for example inspection reports, are held by The National Archives (TNA). Again, a closure period may apply to these records.
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