[Taken from the Western Australian guide Signposts:]
Sponsoring agency: Departmental - predessors to the current Department for Child Protection and Family Support.
"Tudor Lodge is a large family home situated on a double block of land…in pleasant grounds with large lawned areas." (Annual Report of the Department for Community Welfare, June 30th 1979). "This facility has operated for a number of years as an adjustment centre for working aged boys. It is seen as a stepping stone to the community for boys who are not ready or not able to return home or to be placed in private board." (Annual Report of the Department for Community Welfare, June 30th 1979).
On May 11th, 1983 the Walcott system was modified to include five hostels: Stuart House, Tudor Lodge both in Mt Lawley, Kyewong Hostel (Como), Warralea Hostel (Yokine), Medina Hostel and AndrewHouse and Cawley House (on the Walcott campus in Lord/Walcott Streets). "While each hostel operates the same behaviour management and social skills programme, they function as independent of each other as possible. The staff model operating in each hostel with the exception of Medina is one Senior Groupworker and four Groupworkers providing one person each shift" "The Walcott School has continued its existence for those children not able to be placed in the normal Education Department stream at the time of admission. Its role therefore continues to be one of re-establishing more appropriate classroom behaviours. If children can either continue at their existing school or if appropriate, attend a local school to their particular hostel, they would do so." (Annual Report of the Department for Community Welfare, June 30th 1983).
Continuing the developments even further Tudor Lodge became one of a new breed of services in the 1980s. In September 1983, Bridgewater amalgamated with the Walcott System to form a new system of residential care and community support. In January 1984, the new system was named the Community Support Hostels, and Bridgewater became its Administration Centre. The Community Support Hostels comprised Darlington Cottage, Oceanview, Stuart House, Tudor Lodge, Warralea Hostel, Kyewong Hostel, Medina Hostel, Warminda and the Bedford Park Hostel [see individual entries]. The role of the Community Support Hostels was to "provide skilled care for children for whom a more normal setting, such as an emergency foster home, is not available."
By 1985, the Annual Report indicated there were seven Community Support Hostels in the Perth metropolitan area, and their individual roles and goals were "varied, complex and often quite different in nature." However, the "basic aim" of the Community Support Hostel system was to "identify and understand problems being experienced [by the children admitted to them], then to provide support and direction towards re-establishing routine involvement in community activities." At the same time, the hostel staff emphasised "behavioural stabilisation and training to increase the chances of success in activities involvement and subsequent placements." (Annual Report of the Department for Community Services, 1985).
In its Submission to the Residential Planning Review Taskforce in 1987, the Department described the operation of the Community Support Hostels: "The Department's seven Community Support Hostels are all metropolitan-based, providing accommodation at each hostel for up to 8 children, of ages 6 to 17 years. Caregivers work rotating shifts; they do not live-in. At least one officer is on duty at all hours with additional staff member at busy times. Community Support Hostels provide short term accommodation for children whose behaviour and family situation is such that they are unable to remain in their usual residential setting for the present." (Submission of the Department for Community Services to the Residential Planning Review Taskforce, March 31st 1987.)
In 1987, it was also reported that "children on arrest or remand who cannot return home" were also admitted to Community Support Hostels. (Annual Report of the Department for Community Services, 1987).
In 1994, Tudor Lodge was part of the McCall/Community Support Hostel Network, providing accommodation and support to 11-16 year olds for periods from two weeks to 12 months. (Out of Home, Preventative and Alternative Care Services Review, "Terms of Reference", Family and Children's Services, 1995).
In 2003 it was reported that the "Tudor Lodge residence was closed with this program being relocated to the McCall facility in Cottesloe [see separate entry in Signposts for the McCall Centre]". (Annual Report of the Department for Community Development, 2003).
A limited chronology of the major events at Tudor Lodge, including admissions and discharges, is included in Table 56.
Departmental records for children or young people placed by the Department or the Children's Court may exist.
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
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