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Organisation Tudor Lodge (1952 - 2003)
- Care Provider, Government-run and Hostel
Please note that this page reproduces the original language used in the historical sources drawn upon to compile this entry. This language includes offensive and derogatory terms which are today considered unacceptable. We apologise for any offence caused by such language.
[Taken from the Western Australian guide Signposts:]
[Tudor Lodge provided] accommodation for Wards and, in its early years, migrant boys (14-18 years or thereabouts) in employment in the city. Short-term supported hostel care provided by the Department to assist boys who have been Wards of the Department to adjust to life outside a residential facility while they are in employment.
From 1979, Tudor Lodge was, along with Stuart House [see entry], an annexe of the Walcott Centre [see entry], and provided "hostel accommodation for adolescents who require a supportive intermediate setting prior to discharge to more independent living" with behavioural programs "designed to facilitate these processes."
[Taken from the Western Australian guide Signposts:]
Sponsoring agency: Departmental - predessors to the current Department for Child Protection.
"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.
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- Western Australia. Department for Community Development., Annual Report: Department for Community Development, Dept. For Community Development, East Perth, W.A, 2001-2002; 2002-2006. Details
- 'Submission No. 25 Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care: Submissions', in Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care - Submissions received by the committee as at 17/3/05, Senate Community Affairs Committee, Commonwealth of Australia, 23 May 2003, http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/completed_inquiries/2004-07/inst_care/submissions/sublist.htm. Details
- Department for Community Development, State of Western Australia, 'Submission No. 55 Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care: Submissions', in Inquiry into Children in Institutional Care - Submissions received by the committee as at 17/3/05, Senate Community Affairs Committee, Commonwealth of Australia, July 2003, http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=clac_ctte/completed_inquiries/2004-07/inst_care/submissions/sublist.htm. Details
- Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, http://www.signposts.communitydevelopment.wa.gov.au/. Details
Sources used to compile this entry: Information Services, Department for Community Development, Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, http://www.signposts.communitydevelopment.wa.gov.au/.
Prepared by: Anna Trengove and Leanne Howard
Created: 15 March 2011, Last modified: 28 August 2012