During the 1970s and 1980s the government encouraged non-government care providers to move away from large institutions and develop smaller group residential care for children in need. After the passing of the Community Welfare Act in 1972, non-government agencies were required to sign agreements with the government and to adhere to standards of residential care.
During the 1980s the Anglican Church opened a number of cottages and units in various areas. These included Ragless Avenue Cottage at Ragless Avenue, Enfield, which opened in December 1983. It took in residential children from St Mary's Home for Children.
As with other Cottage Homes, Ragless Avenue Cottage was designed to accommodate around eight to ten children in a home-like atmosphere which potentially allowed for more individual attention. Ragless Avenue Cottage was moved to Renoun Park and renamed Brookman Cottage in 1985.
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11 October 2018
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