[Taken from the Western Australian guide Signposts:]
Years of operation: From 1972. Warramia was transferred to what is now the Department of Justice in July 1993.
By 1974, Warramia was providing accommodation to eight primaryschool age children "who need a relaxed, stabilising experience prior to longer-term placement." (Annual Report of the Department for Community Welfare, 1974).
Warrramia subsequently became a formal annexe of Hillston [see entry], though that arrangement had ceased by 1982. Departmental officers report that Warramia was transferred to the Department of Justice in 1993.
Sponsoring Agency: Departmental - predessor to the current Department for Community Development
The Annual Report 1974 indicates that boys from Hillston could be placed at Warramia. [See the separate entry for Hillston, Stoneville in Signposts].
Generally two boys were placed there from Hillston at any one time.
The WELSTAT (welfare statistics) Collection of 1979 notes Warramia as a 'scattered group home' (ie. "a family group home whose grounds do not adjoin those of another family group home, or other residential child care establishment, operated by the same enterprise.").
"Prior to discharge to farm employment selected boys at Hillston gain experience on the Department's 1 500 hectare property at Badgingarra.
Hillston services the property and benefits with supplies of meat and fodder." (Annual Report of the Department for Community Welfare, June 30th 1980).
For the first time, in the 1982 Annual Report, Warramia Farm was not mentioned in the Hillston report. In 1981, the placement of boys there had been identified as a problem in terms of absconding behaviours and subsequent placement from Hillston was not recommended. It would appear that this recommendation was in force by 1982.
In 1989, Warramia Farm provided the venue for a series of "employment and self esteem building" programs for young offenders. "These five-week programmes operated during the normal farming cycle and during the summer holidays. Children, drawn mainly from country areas, were taught farm and personal development skills." (Annual Report of the Department for Community Services, June 30th 1989).
Continues as a farm-based facility, now run by the Department of Justice.
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 for Community Development'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
24 February 2014
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/wa/WE00236
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