The records in Voluntary Children's Homes Files document interactions between many Homes run by charitable and religious organisations in Victoria, with the government departments responsible for child welfare for the period 1921 to 1989.
Separate files were registered for separate children's Homes, or care provider organisations.
The information about institutions found in Voluntary Children's Homes Files includes: annual reports, newspaper clippings, inspector's reports, applications for grants, applications to be declared an Approved Children's Home, staff records and correspondence with the Department.
The information about children found in Voluntary Children's Homes Files includes: details of placements, holiday placements for State Wards, allegations of abuse against children, lists of children's names, medical records and correspondence with the Department.
The Finding Records website has detailed information about the contents of Voluntary Children's Homes Files - the pages on Finding Records about particular Homes provide listings of any files within the Voluntary Children's Homes Files series relating to that Home.
30 July 2018
Cite this: https://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/vic/E001064
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