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.
24 October 2014
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