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Western Australia - Organisation

Catholic Family Welfare Bureau (1970 - 1977)

From
1970
To
1977
Categories
Care Provider, Catholic, Church Agency and Peak Body
Alternative Names
  • CFWB (acronym)

The Catholic Family Welfare Bureau (CFWB) was established on 2 June 1970 as a part-time social work service of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth, with a focus on children in Catholic institutions. In June 1977 it became part of Centrecare.

Details

The Catholic Family Welfare Bureau (CFWB) was established as a part-time agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth in June 1970. It had an initial focus on overseeing applications for institutional care, with the following priorities:

  • Assessing private (non-ward) applications and offering alternatives to placement if relevant
  • Arranging Social Worker contact with families of children who were not placed
  • Arranging Social Worker contact with families of children were were placed
  • Arranging Social Worker consultation with the staff at institutions where children were placed
  • Integrating the work of volunteer groups at institutions, including after-care groups
  • Consultative work with institution staff around policies and operations

According to Coldrey in his history of Clontarf (The Scheme p.174), the CFWB had an immediate impact on Clontarf's admission policies with 'ordinary country boarders and local day boys' no longer being admitted.

In June 1977 the CFWB became part of Centrecare.

Timeline

 1947? - 1970 Catholic Episcopal Migration and Welfare Association [CEMWA]
       1970 - 1977 Catholic Family Welfare Bureau
             1977 - Centrecare

Related Archival Items

Related Organisations

  • Catholic Archdiocese of Perth (1913 - )

    The Catholic Family Welfare Bureau was an agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth.

  • Clontarf (1901 - 1983)

    It has been claimed in a history of Clontarf that the Catholic Family Welfare Bureau was a factor in a decline of country boarders and day students being enrolled at Clontarf.

Publications

Books

  • Coldrey, Barry M., The Scheme: the Christian Brothers and Childcare in Western Australia, Argyle-Pacific Pub., O'Connor, W.A., 1993. pp.173-174. Details

Reports

  • Annual report Centrecare, Catholic Counselling and Welfare Services of the Archdiocese of Perth, Western Australia, Centrecare, Perth, 1976-1985. Details

Online Resources

  • Information Services, Department for Community Development, 'Catholic Family Welfare Bureau', Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, 2004, http://signposts.cpfs.wa.gov.au/pdf/pdf.aspx. Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Coldrey, Barry M., The Scheme: the Christian Brothers and Childcare in Western Australia, Argyle-Pacific Pub., O'Connor, W.A., 1993. pp.173-174.; Information Services, Department for Community Development, 'Catholic Family Welfare Bureau', Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, 2004, http://signposts.cpfs.wa.gov.au/pdf/pdf.aspx.

Prepared by: Leanne Howard and Debra Rosser