Emergency care was introduced by the Social Welfare Department to avoid committing children solely because of a short term family crisis. It became part of a group of policies designed to prevent children from becoming state wards. In 1977, the Department had 52 homes that could look after children on an overnight or short term basis.
Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Social Welfare: report for the year ended 30 June 1977, Department of Social Welfare, Hobart, 1977.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 21 November 2011, Last modified: 7 November 2017