[Taken from the Western Australian guide Signposts:]
Sponsoring Agency: Departmental - predessors to the current Department for Child Protection and Family Support / Ngangganawili Aboriginal Community Inc.
Brief History: Group Homes could developed relatively inexpensively, so they were able to be located within country towns close to the child's home of origin, which was seen to be particularly advantageous. "The involvement and access to parents by these placements is often a major step in the rehabilitation of a family group." (Annual Report of the Department for Community Welfare, June 30th 1979). For notes on a general history of these facilities, see the section on Group Homes at the beginning of Signposts.
Grant-in-Aid 1981 to modify and equip a Group Home. In Wiluna, parents of children were temporarily imprisoned for drunkenness, leaving the children without adequate support. This was one of the factors that led to the establishment of the Ngangganawili Group Home, which was opened in 1982. (Annual Report of the Department for Community Welfare, June 30th 1982).
Case records for young people placed by the department responsible for child welfare may be held by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support.
Additionally, the Department's Aboriginal Index and the guide, 'Looking West', should be consulted for information.
While access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals, people are encouraged to enquire.
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
20 November 2013
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/ref/WE00160
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