A wake-up call for welfare?

14:00 - 14:50

In recent years, more consideration has been given to the impact of distressing content in records on archive staff and the wider public: the three speakers have each researched different aspects of the issue.  As we move away from paper records and towards mass release of digital records, the volume of data under review and being released is growing, is often more unstructured, and is less likely to give any warning of distressing content within.

We will consider how we can prepare new professionals and experienced staff alike for handling distressing material, what can be done to identify and tag distressing content in digital data, and how warnings are carried through to public access records.  To what extent does the IRM profession have a duty of care to those viewing distressing content?

Finally, can and should measures for handling distressing material be incorporated into IM strategies?