Lutanda Children's Services is a Christian Brethren community service organisation that was established in 1954. Lutanda Children's Services commenced by supporting Lutanda Children's Home and opening Camp Toukley as a holiday home. From 1984, Lutanda Children's Services provided care in family group homes in Baulkham Hills and Glenmore Park. In 2013, the family group homes closed. The organisation continues to provide holiday camps for children under the name CCC Camps.
In the early 1950s, Lutanda Children's Services purchased 57 acres of land at Canton Beach near Toukley as a holiday home for children in the Lutanda Children's Home. It became known as Camp Toukley.
When Lutanda Children's Home closed Lutanda Children's Services transitioned to providing family group homes in Baulkham Hills and Glenmore Park. The model of care was described as being "based on the original concept of a Christian parent model. We support the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of children and young people in our care by modelling a balanced lifestyle of family relationships, education, sport, work ethics, and worship." In February 2010, it was reported that eight children lived in the homes. The family group homes closed in 2013.
In 2007, the Christian Youth Council merged with Lutanda Children's Services. They continue to host holiday camps for children, including for disabled children and children in foster or out-of-home care settings, under the name CCC Camps.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Toukley home for children', The Gosford Times and Wyong District Advocate, 29 June 1954, p. 2; Assemblies Outreach Magazine, vol. 36, NSW Assemblies Evangelistic Mission (NSWAEM), December 2007, https://www.nswaem.org.au/Mag/prev_issues/Dec07.pdf; Lutanda Children's Services - Burwood (1930-), National Redress Scheme, Department of Social Services, https://www.nationalredress.gov.au/institutions/search/14266871.
Prepared by: Nicola Laurent
Created: 17 November 2014, Last modified: 30 November 2021