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Western Australia - Organisation

Child Welfare Reception Home (1953 - 1972)

  • Child Welfare Reception Home

    Child Welfare Reception Home, 15 August 1954, courtesy of National Library of Australia.
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From
1953
To
1972
Categories
Children's Home, Government-run, Home and Receiving Home
Alternative Names
  • Child Welfare Department Reception Centre (also known as, 1954)
  • Child Welfare Receiving Home (also known as)

Child Welfare Reception Home was the new name given in 1953 to the Government Receiving Home in Mount Lawley. It gave temporary accommodation to children and young people who were: awaiting placement with foster parents or institutions; staying in Perth for medical or dental treatment; and referred from. Or awaiting appearances at, the Children's Court. In 1973 Child Welfare Reception Home became the Mt Lawley Reception Home.

Details

The Child Welfare Reception Home in Mount Lawley was run by the Child Welfare Department. It had a number of functions. It was a temporary place for children coming into the child welfare system and who went on to placement in an institution or foster home. Children from the country who had no family in Perth might also stay there while they had medical or dental treatment in Perth. The Reception Home also took children who had been referred from the Children's Court, or who were awaiting a court appearance.

In 1954, the Child Welfare Reception Home was criticised by an academic study which found that the facilities were old, inappropriate and depressing; that there was too much (and unnecessary) use of solitary confinement, and that the treatment of juvenile offenders in the State was well behind modern standards of practice.

Events

1953 - 1972
Address - The Child Welfare Reception Home was on the corner of Walcott and Lord Streets, Mount Lawley. Location: Mount Lawley

Publications

Reports

  • Western Australia. Child Welfare Department, Annual Report of the Child Welfare Department, Child Welfare Department, Perth [W.A.], 1928-1972. 1953. Details

Online Resources

Photos

Child Welfare Reception Home
Title
Child Welfare Reception Home
Type
Image
Date
15 August 1954
Source
National Library of Australia

Details

Boys Behind Iron Bars
Title
Boys Behind Iron Bars
Type
Image
Date
15 August 1954
Source
National Library of Australia

Details

Reception Home front door, 1921
Title
Reception Home front door, 1921
Type
Image
Date
2013
Source
Dr Debra Rosser

Details

Reception Home doors, 1921
Title
Reception Home doors, 1921
Type
Image
Date
2013
Source
Dr Debra Rosser

Details

Sources used to compile this entry: 'Mt. Lawley Reception Home's Detention Methods Are Primitive - But They Have A Tough Job', Sunday Times, 15 August 1954, p. 5, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59693713; 'State's Treatment Of Juvenile Offenders Is Condemned', The West Australian, 13 July 1954, p. 2, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article52954491; Information Services, Department for Community Development, 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; Western Australia. Child Welfare Department, Annual Report of the Child Welfare Department, Child Welfare Department, Perth [W.A.], 1928-1972. 1953.; State Records Office Western Australia, 'Unusual Occurrences' Series 3172 Cons 1031 Item 1955/1385 v2.

Prepared by: Debra Rosser