A reception centre was an institution designed to provide short term 'care' for children before they were sent to a longer term placement (typically a foster Home). Children in reception centres often went through a process of 'classification' before being placed. The term came into use around the 1950s. Children would return to a reception centre after a foster care or institutional placement broke down.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 2 April 2014, Last modified: 13 February 2018