The State Records Office website gives an overview of the history of the Child Welfare Department:
' In 1927 the State Children Act Amendment Act was passed changing the name of the principal Act and the State Children's Department to Child Welfare Act and Child Welfare Department respectively. Responsibility for the Child Welfare function remained with the Chief Secretary until 1931 when it was passed to the Minister for Mines.
In 1934 a separate portfolio was created for child welfare. The Child Welfare Department was abolished in 1972 and its functions passed to the newly created Department for Community Welfare.'
Until 1972, the Child Welfare Department shared responsibility for the 'care and control' of children who were 'Aboriginal Wards' with the Department of Native Welfare and its predecessors.
24 February 2014
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/wa/WE00364
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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