Access to these records is restricted and confidentiality is protected by Child Protection and Family Support. If you believe the Department may hold records about you, or about a family member, you are encouraged to apply. Access is governed by the Freedom of Information Act 1992 and CPFS has a form on their website which you must use to apply for records.
These cards were meant to be updated with important information in each child's life until they left the guardianship of the Department when they turned 18 or 21, or were married or adopted. Sadly, many of these key events were not recorded and some cards hold very little information. In any case, the cards were only designed to make brief notes as an addition to the information on the larger client file (or case file as they were known).
The cards relate to former child migrants who came from Britain and Malta to:
If children were moved from one Children's Home to another, those different 'placements' were meant to be recorded so that the Department always knew where each child was living. The Department received that information from the Home and it wasn't unusual for there to be a delay in notifying the Department about these movements. Then there could be a further delay in updating the card. Likewise, medical and employment information often lagged behind the events or were not recorded at all.
However, the cards were designed to record the following information and may have some notes about the key events:
We do not currently have any records linked to this organisation, but records may exist. The Find & Connect Support Service can help people who lived in orphanages and children's institutions look for their records.
We do not currently have any photographs linked to this entry. If you know of any additional photographs, please contact us.
The Find & Connect Support Service can help people who lived in orphanages and children's institutions look for their records.
23 May 2022
Cite this: http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/wa/WE00618
First published by the Find & Connect Web Resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2011
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