Quarriers Aftercare

The Aftercare Team maintains records held by the organisation since the 1870s when William Quarrier opened his first night shelter for Glasgow street children.

***Please note that the Aftercare Team will be working remotely for the foreseeable future. Any enquiries should be sent to [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.***

What records might we hold?

More than 30,000 children lived at Quarriers Orphan Homes since its beginnings in 1871 to the closure of the last childrens’ cottage in 1998.

Each child’s entry would have been recorded either in the history books or by an admission form. The information contained in these records may have included family circumstances and reasons for admission.

Records generally include more information about the progress of the individual child from the mid-1960s.

Because of the current volume of work being experienced by the Safeguarding and Aftercare Team, there will be at least a four-week delay before we are able to prepare historic records for family members.

Please note that the Aftercare Team will be working remotely for the foreseeable future. Any enquiries should be sent to [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Records Service

The Aftercare Service can facilitate access to records for former residents, people we currently support and former employees.

The only time we can provide copies of records to anyone other than the subject of the records is when either:
1. The subject is deceased
2. The subject has given consent or legal authority to a third party (i.e. court appointed guardian, solicitor, power of attorney)

A records request can be made by clicking below and filling out the records enquiry form or by writing to:

Safeguarding and Aftercare Team
Quarriers Head Office
Quarriers Village
Bridge of Weir
PA11 3SX

There will be a fee of £60 to obtain records of a deceased relative.

After you make an enquiry

Under the terms of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Quarriers has a legal responsibility to make sure we manage information sensitively and securely.

To ensure sensitive information is only viewed by the relevant person, the Aftercare Team is required to check your proof of identity. We will request two forms of identification – one item must be photographic, and the other being proof of your current address. Examples of photographic ID include passport, driving licence or disabled drivers badge. Proof of current address may include recent utility bills or bank statements.

Further checks may be required for deceased relative’s records. If the deceased relative would have been under 100 years old, we will require a copy of their death certificate. If the person’s date of birth was more than 100 years ago, we can release their records without a death certificate.

Once all checks have been undertaken, we can produce a records pack for you. This can take up to one month to complete.

The records we are able to check and provide (subject to availability) for former residents include:

  • History Book Entry
  • Scroll Diary Entry
  • Quarriers Village History Book Entry
  • Admission Form
  • Photograph of cottage that they lived in (subject to availability)
  • Passenger List Entry (Canada Only)

There is a charge of £60 to obtain records of a deceased relative.

Get in touch

Quarriers Aftercare Team
The Gateway
Quarriers Village
Bridge of Weir
PA11 3SX

Tel: 07970 181950

Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry

Quarriers is playing a full and active part in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, which is underway in Edinburgh.

We applied for, and were granted, core participant status from the start because we feel strongly that care agencies should contribute fully and effectively in an open and transparent manner to help the Inquiry achieve its aims.

At the heart of our position is the belief that all survivors of child abuse have the right to be heard and that Scotland should learn the lessons of its past, however painful, to strive to ensure that all children are treated with love and compassion and have the best start in life.

This is our stance, as evidenced by our full participation in the Time To Be Heard initiative and the independent National Confidential Forum which followed it, for survivors of abuse while in care.

Seven former Quarriers’ employees were convicted of offences which took place between 1955 and 1981. Quarriers co-operated fully with the authorities.

To those who suffered abuse while in our care, we offer an unreserved apology.

We condemn the actions of the individuals who perpetrated these crimes as their behaviour was the very opposite of our values. In 2004 Quarriers apologised to individuals affected and will continue to offer support to anyone with a grievance.

Over the last decade and more, we have co-operated fully with survivors and survivors’ groups. Anyone who makes allegations of abuse, regardless of when it happened, will be listened to and taken seriously.

Today, Quarriers is one of Scotland’s leading social care charities, providing practical care and support for vulnerable children, adults and families who face extremely challenging circumstances.

While acknowledging the wrongs of the past, we are proud of our role in supporting vulnerable children and families throughout our history. More than 30,000 children have passed through Quarriers’ doors since Victorian times.

We are proud of the significant good that Quarriers has achieved. That’s why we are participating fully in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry so that we can be part of the solution and continue to play a valuable role in helping vulnerable people and creating a better Scotland.

Ex-Gratia Payment Scheme for Former British Child Migrants

This payment is being made in recognition of the exceptional and specific nature of the historic Child Migration Policy. It is payable to all former British child migrants, regardless of whether they suffered abuse, in recognition of the fundamentally flawed nature of the historic Child Migration Programmes and in line with the recommendation in IICSA’s report.