The records of UnitingCare Harrison relate to the community services programs run by the agency and its predecessors from 1960 to 2017. Unfortunately, there are very few actual records remaining. In the past, there was a practice of destroying client files after a period of 7 years and it would seem that the client files from Harrison House and Harrison Youth Services were destroyed as part of this practice. However, client records relating to out-of-home care are now retained indefinitely.
Former residents (and their families) should contact the Uniting Heritage Service to find information, and access personal files. The Uniting Heritage Service is a free service that helps individuals access information about them or family members, as well as access appropriate support should they choose. Heritage Service staff prefer to release records to past residents or their family members in person, where possible, in order to give greater meaning and context to the information.
Sources used to compile this entry: James Jenkinson Consulting, Guide to out-of-home care services 1940-2000 - Volume One: Agency Descriptions, Department of Human Services, Unpublished, November 2001, https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/DHS.3004.011.0367.pdf; Correspondence with Uniting Heritage Service, October 2016.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 19 October 2016, Last modified: 23 July 2020