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Western Australia - Organisation

Bridgewater Care and Assessment Centre (1969 - 1983)

  • Bridgewater

    Bridgewater, 1978, courtesy of Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Department for Community Welfare, Western Australia , Annual Report 1978, p.32.
    Details

From
1969
To
1983
Categories
Family Group Home, Government-run, Home and Receiving Home
Alternative Names
  • Bridgewater (also known as)

The Bridgewater Care and Assessment Centre opened in 1969 as a government-run residential facility in Applecross, for children and young people aged 3-18 years. Bridgewater admitted children who were wards and private children. At first, Bridgewater provided pre-placement assessments and short-term accommodation, later offering therapeutic, family reunification and pre-adoption programs. Local children attended the kindergarten on the Bridgewater site. Bridgewater's residential programs closed in 1983.

Details

The Bridgewater Care and Assessment Centre was officially opened on 5 February 1969. It was established by the Child Welfare Department in January that year as a short-term residential facility for children and young people aged from 3 to 18 years. Bridgewater was to serve two purposes: professional pre-placement assessment and short-term accommodation for children who temporarily could not live at home or in their current placement.

Bridgewater was situated on 4.5 hectares of land in Applecross near the Swan River, developed around a cottage home model, with a kindergarten on site, which local children attended. During the 1970s an increasing number of teenage children were being admitted to Bridgewater, and many Aboriginal children with health issues were placed there. Reports from the 1970s comment on the increasingly complex issues experienced by children admitted to Bridgewater. In liaison with the Child Life Protection Unit, Bridgewater provided services for children who had experienced sexual and other abuse.

Where possible, children at Bridgewater kept attending their original schools.

From 1982, as part of a 'permanency planning' policy, Bridgewater provided accommodation for people engaged in pre-adoption and family reunification programs. With declining admissions and only four of the eight cottages in use, Bridgewater became a crisis-care unit in September 1983 and from January 1984 was the administration centre for the new Community Support Hostels system.

Events

1969 - 1983
Address - Bridgewater was a government-run pre-placement assessment centre situated on 4.5 hectares of land at 55 Duncraig Road, Applecross. Location: Applecross

Related Concepts

  • Community Support Hostel (1984 - )

    After its role as accommodation facility ended, the Community Support Hostel system was administered by departmental staff located at Bridgewater Care and Assessment Centre.

    Date: 1984 -

Related Organisations

  • Oceanview (1970 - 1995?)

    Oceanview was run as an annexe of Bridgewater Care and Assessment Centre. Teenage schoolchildren were placed there after assessment at Bridgewater.

    Date: 1976 - 1983?

Publications

Reports

  • Western Australia. Child Welfare Department, Annual Report of the Child Welfare Department, Child Welfare Department, Perth [W.A.], 1928-1972. Details

Online Resources

Photos

Bridgewater, prospective foster parent
Title
Bridgewater, prospective foster parent
Type
Image
Date
1974
Source
Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Department for Community Welfare, Western Australia , Annual Report 1974, p.43

Details

Bridgewater, playroom assessment
Title
Bridgewater, playroom assessment
Type
Image
Date
1974
Source
Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Department for Community Welfare, Western Australia , Annual Report 1974, p.43

Details

The 'Homes' Herald, 1974 [Methodist Homes for Children]
Title
The 'Homes' Herald, 1974 [Methodist Homes for Children]
Type
Document
Date
December 1974
Source
Uniting Church (Synod of Western Australia) Archives
Note
Bridgewater Assessment Centre is mentioned in the Methodist Homes for Children newsletter The ‘Homes’ Herald as sending children to Warminda in 1974.

Details

Bridgewater group
Title
Bridgewater group
Type
Image
Date
1975
Source
Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Department for Community Welfare, Western Australia , Annual Report 1975, p.42

Details

Bridgewater playground
Title
Bridgewater playground
Type
Image
Date
1975
Source
Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Department for Community Welfare, Western Australia , Annual Report 1975, p.42

Details

Bridgewater
Title
Bridgewater
Type
Image
Date
1978
Source
Department for Child Protection and Family Support, Department for Community Welfare, Western Australia , Annual Report 1978, p.32

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: Information Services, Department for Community Development, 'Table 4: Young People at Bridgewater, 1969-1983', 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: Debra Rosser