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Victoria - Organisation

Department for Neglected Children (1901 - 1924)

State Government of Victoria

From
1901
To
1924
Categories
Care Provider and Government Agency

The main responsibility of the Department for Neglected Children upon its establishment was the maintenance and management of 'neglected' children including: supervision of State wards in receiving houses and probationary schools, provision of trade apprenticeships programs, 'boarding out' of children in the service of persons willing to take charge of their maintenance and education, provision of assistance to non-wards.

Details

Under provisions of the Infant Life Protection Act 1907 (No.2102) the Department assumed responsibility in 1907 for the registration of Homes providing non-parental care to infants from the Office of the Chief Commissioner of Police. In addition, under the Children's Maintenance Act 1919, mothers without sufficient means of support could apply to the Department for financial assistance toward the maintenance of their children, rather than have the children committed to the Department's care.

Timeline

 1864 - 1887 Department of Industrial and Reformatory Schools
       1887 - 1900 Department for Neglected Children
             1901 - 1924 Department for Neglected Children
                   1924 - 1960 Children's Welfare Department
                         1960 - 1970 Social Welfare Branch
                               1970 - 1978 Social Welfare Department
                                     1978 - 1985 Department of Community Welfare Services
                                           1985 - 1992 Community Services Victoria
                                                 1992 - 1995 Health and Community Services
                                                       1995 - 2014 Department of Human Services
                                                             2015 - Department of Health & Human Services

Provided 'Care' At

Related Legislation

  • Children's Maintenance Act 1919 (1919 - 1929)

    The Children's Maintenance Act 1919 made it possible for mothers to apply to the Department for Neglected Children to seek financial assistance toward the maintenance of their children.

Related Organisations

Publications

Reports

  • Department for Neglected Children and Reformatory Schools. Report of the Secretary., Government Printer, Melbourne, 1888 - 1924. Details

Photos

'Neglected Children's Department, Victoria 1.07.04', bound volume of press clippings with index at front
Title
'Neglected Children's Department, Victoria 1.07.04', bound volume of press clippings with index at front
Type
Document
Date
1904 - 1924

Details

Scrap album
Title
Scrap album
Type
Document
Date
1908 - 1912

Details

Prepared by: Cate O'Neill