Social Services and Children of the State Department
In 1934, by an amendment to the Public Service Regulation 4, the Charitable Grants Department became the Social Services Department. Since 1923-4, the Children of the State Department had been located within the Charitable Grants Department. The Infant Welfare Act 1935 confirmed the new name and location of the Children of the State Department. In 1936, the Social Services Department was divided into three branches: Social Services, Children of the State, and the State Immigration Office.
In 1946, an enlarged Tourist and Immigration Department took over the State Immigration Office. The Social Services Department took over the Domestic Assistance Service in 1947.
In 1954, the Chief Secretary announced that a new position, the Superintendent of Child Welfare, had been created. The first Superintendent was Mr Gordon Charles Smith, formerly of New Zealand. The new position was one element of a plan to reorganise the child welfare function of the Social Services Department.
In 1954-5, the Social Services Department took over the Juvenile Probation Service from the Attorney-General's Department.
Although the Children of the State Branch was not a department in its own right, Annual Reports referred to the Department as the Social Services and Children of the State Department.