Public records provide the essential evidence of who we are as individuals, as communities and as a nation. They are our collective memory and the basis for individual rights and obligations. They ensure government accountability and provide transparency for the citizen.
The Keeper of the Records of Scotland has completed a review of Scottish public records legislation in light of the recommendations made by The Historical Abuse Systemic Review of Residential Schools and Children's Homes in Scotland (the Shaw Report). The Keeper's findings were presented to Scottish Ministers at the end of 2009. Ministers have agreed that these may now be published and a copy is available to download:
Report to Scottish Ministers on the Recommendations of the Shaw Report, October 2009 (Acrobat PDF - 403KB, opens in new window)
The need for improvement was exemplified by the failures in record keeping identified by the Shaw Report. This pointed to shortcomings in the regulatory framework for children in care and identified records management problems, particularly in relation to the preservation of historical records and access rights.
The Keeper has made specific recommendations about public records and ministers have asked the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) to prepare a consultation document for further consideration. A public consultation document may be issued thereafter.