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Glossary Term Delinquent child
- Glossary Term and Term commonly found on child welfare records
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The term 'delinquent' starts to appear in Annual Reports of the State Children Department from the mid-1920s, in reference to children who had been detained under the State Children Act 1907. The following is representative of the views at the time:
The release of boys on probation by the Children's Court and also the release on parole from the Industrial School, besides giving delinquents an opportunity of making good, tends toward lessening the number of adult criminals, for if the child can be satisfactorily dealt with the adult must necessarily be a respectable law-abiding citizen. Annual Report of the State Children Department for the Year Ended 30th June, 1926.
- State Children Department, Annual Report of the State Children Department for the Year Ended 30th June 1926, Government of Western Australia, 1926. Details
- Boys Behind Iron Bars
- 15 August 1954
- National Library of Australia
Sources used to compile this entry: State Children Department, Annual Report of the State Children Department for the Year Ended 30th June 1926, Government of Western Australia, 1926.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 15 December 2011, Last modified: 13 January 2012