These records are, in the main, partial files consisting of a few single sheets. The records are not standardised, but may include medical and school reports, family background reports for court and other purposes, and progress reports on residents.
The records are not complete for any individual or any time period.
Access is available to former residents only, who may access their own files. Proof of identity must be produced by the person seeking access. Requests for access from children or siblings of former residents will be considered and information may be released subject to privacy considerations. A research fee may be charged. Access is supervised by a social worker or other suitably qualified person.
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: 10 August 2011, Last modified: 10 March 2014