The Social Welfare Branch took over responsibility from VCOSS for training child care workers in 1962. Initially, the Training Division of the Social Welfare Branch conducted the courses. In 1967, this was taken over by the new Institute of Social Welfare.
One staff member from St Augustine's Orphanage reflected on his experiences receiving training for the first time:
'The government had the training institute at Lisson Grove that really started to open our eyes. We heard for the first time about things like 'institutionalization of children' and 'maternal deprivation' and 'Bowlby' and all this sort of thing. It was all a new world. (Terry O'Brien, former Religious, St Augustine's 1962-68)'
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11 December 2015
Cite this: https://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/vic/E000583
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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