In May 1982, an inquiry began by the Senate Standing Committee on Social Welfare. The result of this inquiry was the report, 'Children in Institutional and Other Forms of Care: a national perspective' (1985). The Committee noted that little work had been done to date in this area, on a national basis. The Committee's terms of reference included an examination of the changing direction of and attitudes towards institutional care. One factor behind the inquiry was the finding by a previous committee in 1982 that many youth with a background of institutional care subsequently became homeless.
The Senate Committee visited a number of substitute care centres and agencies around the country. In South Australia these included the Regional Office of the South Australian Department of Community Welfare, Little Para House, St Mary's Home for Children, Kennion Cottages, Emergency Foster Care Services of Norwood, the Catholic Family Welfare Bureau and the boarding section of the Salesian School.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Inquiry into Children in Institutional and Other Forms of Care', in Find & Connect Victoria, Find & Connect web resource Project for the Commonwealth of Australia, 2013, http://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/vic/E000529; 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.
Prepared by: Gary George and Karen George
Created: 3 June 2014, Last modified: 9 March 2016