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South Australia - Glossary Term

Community Unit (1970s - )

Type of 'care'

A community unit was a smaller group residential care unit. This term was used from the 1970s for longer term small group care. These units were to provide care and support for a range of children in State 'care' including young people on remand or children considered to be at risk. Some units catered specifically for children with severe behavioural problems. Community units also assisted in the process of transitioning young people towards independent living. In the late 1970s and early 1980s some government cottages were renamed Admission or Community units - for example Hay Cottage became Hay Community Unit in 1979.

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George