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New South Wales - Archival Series

Residential Care Client Files (c. 1960 - )

CatholicCare Hunter-Manning Social Services

c. 1960

The Residential Care Client Files held by CatholicCare Hunter-Manning Social Services relate to children and young people who were part of the residential care program operated by Centacare Newcastle (later known as CatholicCare Hunter-Manning Social Services). The content of these files varies from child to child and over time; some are more comprehensive than others.


Access Conditions

Any former child client of the Alternate Care programs for which CatholicCare Hunter-Manning Social Services currently holds records may contact CatholicCare by telephone or mail and, providing proof of identification can be presented, may view their file in the presence of a social worker from the Foster Care Team.


The files contain information about the child in care and their family. Information as to why the child is in care is often included. Some files contain school reports, medical reports, psychological profiles, social worker's case notes, and letters between the social worker and the family, and the agency and the Department of Youth and Community Services. There are sometimes reports of case conferences, and copies of court orders and mandates.

Quantity: 7 filing cabinet drawers


Online Resources

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,

Prepared by: Naomi Parry