The Church of England Children's Home Admission and Day Books are held by Anglicare Out-of-Home Care Services. These records include the following information: name of child; dates of admission and discharge; information about the transfer of a child to or from another home or agency; reports of incidents; any money received from the parents towards the care of the child; details of any visits by parents, siblings or other family members; and general notes. According to the guide Connecting Kin (1998), these records relate to a number of the Church of England Homes dating back to the 1930s, but are incomplete.
Access to information contained in these records is restricted to ex-clients, or to a member of an ex-client's family providing they have the written permission of that person. Before information is given out it is checked for anything which may cause distress and if necessary a counsellor is called in. People applying to get access to information must provide proof of identity.
Sources used to compile this entry: Thinee, Kristy and Bradford, Tracy, Connecting Kin: Guide to Records, A guide to help people separated from their families search for their records [completed in 1998], New South Wales Department of Community Services, Sydney, New South Wales, 1998, http://nma.gov.au/blogs/inside/files/2011/02/connectkin_guide1.pdf.
Prepared by: Melissa Downing
Created: 9 August 2011, Last modified: 10 December 2014