The Central Region Admission Unit (CRAU) was opened by the government in 1979 on the site of the former Reception Cottage at Somerton Park. It took in up to eight State children for short term care. The name of this Unit changed to the Western Region Admission Unit in 1980.
The Central Region Admission Unit (CRAU) was opened by the Department for Community Welfare in 1979 on the site of the former Reception Cottage at Somerton Park. CRAU took in up to eight State children for short term care. The name of this Unit changed to the Western Region Admission Unit (WRAU) in 1980. In some departmental documents the WRAU is referred to as the Central/Western Admission Unit.
During the 1970s and into the 1980s, the department used smaller residential care units for State children rather than large institutions. Each metropolitan region had a number of units which were used for different purposes. Admission Units provided short term crisis care; Assessment Units were used for teenage young offenders and other units provided therapeutic care for children with specific needs. Community Units provided longer term care and also assisted young people to move gradually back into the community.
1869 - 1898 Magill Industrial School
1898 - 1949 Edwardstown Industrial School
1949 - 1958 Glandore Industrial School
1958 - 1966 Glandore Children's Home
1966 - 1973 Glandore Boys' Home
1973 - 1979 Reception Cottage, Glandore/Somerton Park
1979 - 1980 Central Region Admission Unit
1980 - 1986 Western Region Admission Unit
Sources used to compile this entry: George, Karen, Finding your own way, Nunkuwarrin Yunti of South Australia Inc., 2005, http://nunku.org.au/resources/.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 17 February 2011, Last modified: 24 June 2014