Doubleview Group Home (also known as the Innaloo or Metropolitan Group Home) was established in 1983. It was government-run and provided emergency, short and medium term accommodation for school-age children including those who were wards of the State. Doubleview Group Home closed during the early 1990s.
When the Doubleview Group Home opened in 1983, authorities reported (Signposts 2004, p.196) that they aimed to provide a 'family type home environment' for up to eight school-age children.
Further reports show that the Home was filled to capacity during its first year of operation and was considered to be a useful resource for placing children in the area. In 1989 the Home was described (Signposts p.196) as providing 'short term accommodation and support to young people requiring special care pending reestablishment of family relationships or alternative long term arrangements'.
In 1984 there were four children living at Doubleview at the end of the year and by 1990, the group home was able to accommodate up to seven young people aged 12-15 years.
In 2018, a married couple who worked at Doubleview Group Home and Darlington Hostel were charged with historical child sexual assault offences, dating back to the 1990s. The pair suicided before they faced trial (Pilat, 2018 & 2019).
It is not known exactly when the Doubleview Group Home closed, but it is believed to have ceased to operate in the 1990s.
Sources used to compile this entry: Information Services, Department for Community Development, 'pp.196-197', Signposts: A Guide for Children and Young People in Care in WA from 1920, Government of Western Australia, 2004, https://signposts.communities.wa.gov.au//pdf/pdf.aspx; Pilat, Lauren, 'Midvale couple in court over historical child sexual assault offences', Hills Gazette, 27 August 2018, https://www.communitynews.com.au/hills-gazette/news/midvale-couple-in-court-over-historical-child-sexual-assault-offences/; Pilat, Lauren, '"Suicide pact": Alleged Perth sex abuse victim denied justice after his accused abusers die before trial', Hills Gazette, 2019, https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/suicide-pact-alleged-perth-sex-abuse-victim-denied-justice-after-his-accused-abusers-die-before-trial-20191014-p530mi.html.
Prepared by: Debra Rosser & Cate O'Neill
Created: 15 March 2011, Last modified: 29 October 2019