The CLEARmark, which stands for Care Leavers Enhancing Access to Records was launched at the end of 2008 and received endorsement from Kevin Brennan MP, then Minister for the Third sector and Social Exclusion.

Where did the CLEARmark come from?

In early 2007, the CLA surveyed around 150 local authorities, using the Freedom of Information Act, about how they were dealing with access to records requests. Out of this research, the CLA launched the campaign ‘It’s Our History, It’s Our Right: Reclaiming Our Past’.

This campaign has been taken around the UK speaking to care leavers and also professionals who work in this area.

From the gaps in practice that we spotted through our research and from talking to care leavers across the UK, we put together the requirements for the quality mark.

To find out more about the background of CLEARmark here.


Find out more about applying for the CLEARmark here.