Fourteen was established by the Child Welfare Department (CWD) in 1968, at 14 Francis Street in central Perth. The CWD's annual report for 1969 (Signposts 2004, p.212) described Fourteen as a hostel that 'bridges the gap between close custody and complete freedom'. It was a run as a half-way house for boys readjusting to non-institutional life after a period of confinement in the State's maximum security youth detention facility, Riverbank, and before they were released into the community to serve out the remainder of their wardship under Riverbank's supervised after-care scheme. Fourteen could accommodate up to 12 boys, all of whom were wards of the State. Admissions grew from 30 in 1969 to 100 in 1973, but the number of boys at year end reportedly did not exceed capacity.
Departmental reports (Signposts 2004, pp.212-213) show that Fourteen had always had a role in teaching boys social interaction skills that would help them make and maintain employment and social relationships. This was formalised in 1976-1977, when training programs were delivered at Fourteen as part of a diversionary program and alternative to committing boys to Riverbank. By 1978, this program had ended and Fourteen continued to provide support for boys leaving Riverbank until it closed in November 1979.
In February 1980, the Victoria Park (Riverbank) Annexe was established to replace Fourteen.
The collection held by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support (DCPFS) dates from 1894. It includes records from the Government Receiving Depot, the State Children's Department, the Child Welfare Department and more recent departments which have been known at different times as the Department for Child Protection, Community Development, Community Welfare, Community Services, and Family and Children's Services. The records relate to children who were placed in all types of out of home 'care' in Western Australia. Some of the records held by the DCPFS were originally created by another government department or private agency.
Contact Freedom of Information, Department for Child Protection and Family Support:
PO Box 6334, East Perth WA 6892
Telephone: (08) 6217 6388 or (08) 6217 6381
Facsimile: (08) 9222 2776
Free call in WA: 1800 000 277
04 July 2014
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/wa/WE00079
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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