Tudor Lodge was established in 1952 by the Child Welfare Department (Signposts 2004, pp.520-524) as an attempt to provide some supported accommodation in a suburban hostel for young males who were wards of the State and, in its early years, child migrants who had grown up in institutions. The boys had jobs in the city. It kept this function for many years. In 1979, the Department for Community Welfare (DCW) (Signpostsp.520) described Tuart Lodge as a 'stepping stone to the community for boys who are not ready or not able to return home or be placed in private board'.
In 1980, Tudor Lodge became an annexe of the Walcott Centre. In its annual report for 1980, DCW (Signposts p.506) wrote that Tudor Lodge provided 'hostel accommodation for adolescents who require a supportive intermediate setting prior to discharge to more independent living'. Tudor Lodge offered behavioural programs 'designed to facilitate these processes'.
In 1984, Tudor Lodge became what the DCW called a 'community support hostel', with an emphasis on children and young people who were facing 'varied and complex' challenges. Government reports (Signposts p.521) describe Tudor Lodge's function at that time as 'providing skilled care' for children who authorities believed would not settle well into an emergency foster placement. Reports from that period indicate that many of the children admitted to Stuart House may have faced significant and complex challenges in their life and needed 'behavioural stabilisation and training' to assist children with social relationships and subsequent placements.
By 1987, up to 8 children and young people aged 6-17 years could be admitted to Stuart House. Children who were on arrest or remand could also be placed there.
In 1994, Tudor Lodge became part of the McCall Centre's Community Support Hostel Network (Signposts p.522) 'providing accommodation and support to 11-16 year olds for periods from two weeks to 12 months'.
Tudor Lodge closed in 2003.
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
14 October 2014
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/wa/WE00219
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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