Community support hostel was the name given in 1984 by the Department for Community Welfare to describe a hostel that aimed to support up to eight children aged 6-17 years to develop and maintain skills that would increase their capacity to integrate well in future placements and community activities. By 1987, children who were on arrest or remand and who could not live at home were also accommodated in community support hostels.
Community support hostel was the name given in 1984 by the Department for Community Welfare to describe a group of hostels that aimed to support children who had been identified as having complex needs and who could not easily be placed in foster care. The system utilised existing hostels, re-focusing the program and admissions. Between 1984 and 1987, a number of hostels were involved in the community support hostel program, which was administered from Bridgewater, in Applecross. These hostels were: Bedford Park Hostel, Darlington Cottage, Kyewong, Medina Hostel, Oceanview, Stuart House, Tudor Lodge, Warminda and Warralea Hostel.
The purpose of the community support hostels was to identify and assess the needs of individual children and provide them with support services that would increase their likelihood of being able to achieve some stability in their future placements, and integrate well into the community.
Children and young people aged 6-17 years were admitted and, from 1987, the community support hostels also accommodated children who were on arrest or remand who could not live with family.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser
Created: 31 May 2011, Last modified: 8 February 2019