Agency VA 5214
Nunawading Youth Residential Centre (also known as Nunawading Youth Training Centre)
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Date Range: 1991 - 1993
 
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The Nunawading Youth Residential Centre was established on 17 September 1991, on the former site of Winlaton Youth Training Centre (VA 5093), as a facility for 10 to 14 year-old male and female offenders. The centre was located at 186 Springvale Road Nunawading.

The Children and Young Persons Act 1989 required that the provision of services for children and young people on protective orders be separated from those provided to young offenders in custody. The Nunawading Youth Residential Centre functioned as a youth training centre for young people sentenced to detention, and not for children placed on protection orders.

Baltara Youth Reception Centre closed in 1992 and the children were transferred to the Nunawading Youth Residential Centre. A decrease in referrals as a result of diversion programs and community-based sentencing saw the permanent closure of the Nunawading Youth Residential Centre on 3 August 1993. Its residents were sent to the Parkville Youth Residential Centre (VA 5166; see also VA 5086), a new facility built on the site of the former Baltara Reception Centre (VA 5090).

The Nunawading Youth Residential Centre comprised residential sections within the compound (including Warrina and Karringal), Wimbirra Remand Centre and the Leawarra Hostel. In 1992, Wimbirra closed and the Warrina residential section took over the remand function. The Leawarra Hostel closed in 1992.

In 1993, the Nunawading Youth Residential Centre had a population of about 25 sentenced youth at the time of its closure. These residents were relocated to Parkville Youth Residential Centre.

Legislation and record keeping:

The Children and Young Persons Act 1989 required that the provision of services for children and young people on protective orders be separated from those provided to young offenders in custody. The Act established different divisions in the Childrens Court to completely separate child protection matters from criminal custodial matters.

The Children and Young Persons Act 1989 also replaced the terms ward of state (introduced by the Neglected Childrens Act 1887) and trainee (introduced by the Social Welfare Act 1960), with the new term, children in need of protection. The old terminology was phased out in the 1990s. After this, both child protection cases and sentenced young people were classified as clients, the term used today for all Victorian care leavers.

Young people who entered into the youth justice system before implementation of the 1989 Act, kept their trainee case history files, and not the later Client Relationship Information System institutional files (JJ CRIS prefix). This explains why the older records continued until the late 1990s, well after the terminology had changed.

The term client is still used for all care leavers in Victoria.

Also see:
- Winlaton Youth Training Centre (VA 5093) is the predecessor agency, situated on the same site at 186 Springvale Road, Nunawading.
- Nunawading Youth Residential Centre, Education Centre No.4794 (VA 3962) represents the education function of Winlaton/Nunawading.
 
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? 1951 - 1998 Residential Institutions, Building Records, Site Maps and Plans VPRS 17986 North Melbourne Open
? 1956 - 1992 Correction Books VPRS 18010 North Melbourne Closed
? 1984 - 1992 Committee Records VPRS 18013 North Melbourne Closed
? 1984 - 1993 Institutional Admission, Discharge and Absconding Sheets VPRS 18007 North Melbourne Closed
? 1985 - 1992 Psychologist's Case History Files VPRS 18018 North Melbourne Closed
? 1991 - 1992 Aboriginal Procedure Book (Warrina Residential Section) VPRS 18005 North Melbourne Closed
1956 - 1992 Admission and Discharge Register VPRS 17922 North Melbourne Closed
1956 - 1992 Female Trainee Case History Files (Sample Only Retained) VPRS 18033 North Melbourne Closed
1956 - 1993 Children's Court Assessment Files VPRS 17995 North Melbourne Closed
1956 - 1993 Trainee Admission Index Cards VPRS 17997 North Melbourne Closed
1956 - 1993 Subject Files (Leawarra Hostel) VPRS 18016 North Melbourne Closed
1959 - 1993 Secretary's Subject Files VPRS 18022 North Melbourne Closed
1976 - 1992 Rave Magazines VPRS 18019 North Melbourne Open
1986 - 1992 Trainee Case Files: Liaison and Advocacy Unit VPRS 18021 North Melbourne Closed
1987 - 1992 Subject Correspondence Files: Liaison and Advocacy Officer VPRS 18020 North Melbourne Closed
1992 - 1993 Executive Officers Correspondence VPRS 18059 North Melbourne Closed
Circa 1956 - 1993 Trainee Information Files VPRS 17998 North Melbourne Closed
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1991 - 1993 Youth training centres VF 421
1991 - 1993 Juvenile delinquents, detention and welfare of VF 450
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1991 - 1992 Department of Community Services (also known as Community Services Victoria) VA 2633
1992 - 1993 Department of Health and Community Services VA 3092
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1991 - 1993 Prisons and Youth Training Centres VRG 9