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Western Australia - Archival Series

Files - Child Welfare (1917 - 1972)

State Records Office of Western Australia

1 January 1917
16 June 1972
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Legal Status
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Files - Child Welfare is an archival series comprising the main group of departmental files of the State Children's Department and the Child Welfare Department. It has files on a range of matters including the operation and administration of children's homes, departmental policy, child immigration, and more administrative concerns such as the preparation of annual reports. This series contains many files that contain the names and details of children who were in care.


Access Conditions

This series includes records with both open and restricted access. Open access records can be ordered from SROWA by any member of the public. Individuals will need to apply to the Department of Communities, Freedom of Information Unit in order to access restricted records.


This series includes records relating to state and privately run children's homes, children's courts, state wards, child migration, foster care, boarding out, and adoption.
It also contains records relating to the passing of legislation, records relating to policy development, and correspondence with external agencies and other state government departments, including child welfare departments in other states.

The below document contains a list of items in this series that may be of relevance to Care Leavers. The items are arranged by the Home/Institution or theme that they refer to.

Series 3172 Files - Child Welfare: List of items

Related Organisations

Prepared by: Debra Rosser & Constance Thurley-Hart