Little Para House opened in Elizabeth Vale in 1978 and was run by the Little Para House Association Inc. It operated as a youth shelter for eight young people, aged up to 18. The shelter was licensed by the state government and received financial assistance from the state and Commonwealth governments. Little Para House closed in 1984.
Little Para House was opened in 1978 in Elizabeth Vale. It was run by the Little Para House Association Inc and operated as a youth shelter providing medium term accommodation for eight young people up to the age of 18 years. It also provided emergency accommodation.
From 1979 Little Para was licensed by the state government and received a financial aid to assist with its operation. From the early 1980s the shelter also received part funding from the Commonwealth Government under the Youth Services Scheme and its successor the Youth Supported Accommodation program.
The Little Para House Association made submissions to the 1982-85 Inquiry into Children in Institutional and Other Forms of Care. The shelter was also visited by the Inquiry's committee. During the 2004-2008 Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry, Little Para House also came under scrutiny in relation to an allegation of abuse at the Shelter. Little Para House is believed to have closed in 1984.
Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005, http://nunku.org.au/resources/; Mullighan, the Hon E.P., Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry: Allegations of sexual abuse and death from criminal conduct, presented to the South Australian Parliament by the Hon. E.P. Mullighan QC, Commisioner, Children in State Care Commission of Enquiry, Adelaide, South Australia, 2008, 564 pp, https://www.decd.sa.gov.au/doc/children-state-care-commission-inquiry-report-complete; Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, Children in institutional and other forms of care: a national perspective / report of the Senate Standing Committee on Social Welfare, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra, June 1985, 112 pp; Notes created by Karen George during research for Finding Your Own Way, 2004-2005 and GRS 4164 Corporate files, three-tiered numeric series - Community Welfare Department and successor agencies - Administrative file on Little Para House, State Records of South Australia.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 18 February 2011, Last modified: 3 June 2014