On 19 February 1979, as part of a restructuring of departmental facilities, Stirling Cottage at 56 Second Avenue, St Peters, was renamed the Northern Region Admission Unit (NRAU). Run by the Department of Community Welfare, NRAU provided short term accommodation for up to eight children. Once a child was admitted, an individual program was developed by the unit staff in conjunction with the child's community welfare worker.
During the 1970s and into the 1980s, the department used smaller residential care units, such as the NRAU, for State children rather than large institutions. Each metropolitan region had a number of units which were used for different purposes. Admission Units provided short term crisis care; Assessment Units were used for teenage young offenders and other units provided therapeutic care for children with specific needs. Community Units provided longer term care and also assisted young people to move gradually back into the community.
As an Admission Unit, NRAU took in boys and girls as young as eight years of age as well as older teenagers. In relation to the mix of ages of children in the Unit, NRAU was one of the institutions that came under scrutiny for allegations of abuse during the Children in State Care Inquiry 2004-2008.
In the early 1980s the NRAU moved to Enfield and in 1990 it was replaced by a purpose built unit on an adjoining property. This became known as the Enfield Community Unit.
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