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South Australia - Glossary Term

Neglected Child (c. 1866 - )

c. 1866
Term commonly found on child welfare records

The term neglected child was introduced and defined in the Destitute Persons Relief Act, 1866-67. The term referred to a child who had been abandoned or was found begging, wandering about, sleeping outdoors or residing in a brothel. The definition also included children whom parents were 'unable to control'. The legislation gave parents the power to request that their child be placed in an industrial school.

Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George