Series VPRS 18072
Departmental Children's Homes Files
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Date Range: Series 1975 - 1998
  Series in Custody 1975 - 1998
  Contents 1954 - 1998
Public Access: Part Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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Date Range Agency Title Agency Number
1975 - 1979 Social Welfare Department VA 946
1979 - 1985 Department of Community Welfare Services VA 613
1985 - 1992 Department of Community Services (also known as Community Services Victoria) VA 2633
1992 - 1996 Department of Health and Community Services VA 3092
1996 - 1998 Department of Human Services VA 3970
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2015 - cont Department of Health and Human Services VA 5037
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Consult the list of records in this series to locate the relevant file of interest.

  • Function / Content
    The records in this series document the interactions between the various Departmental Children's Homes and the Department who had overarching responsibility for the management and supervision of the homes at the time.

    The files document a wide range of matters, and there are several file types -
    general, staff, works and statistics.

    Information within files may include: State Ward placements, declarations regarding the establishment of an Approved Children's Home, holiday placements for State Wards, allegations and investigations of abuse against children, lists of children's names for placement, inspectors' reports, health inspector and hygiene reports, research studies, applications for grants, reports from interviews with staff, progress reports of programs, agency plans, reviews, consents for medical treatments, financial information, works information, staffing matters, proposed constitution of the home, child admissions and discharges, complaints against staff, incident reports, proposals for future development, purchase of properties, lists of child absconders, and closure of homes.

  • Recordkeeping System
    The files are arranged in a multiple number system with a DH prefix. The DH stands for 'Departmental Home'. The first number is the number that was given to that Home by the Department of Social Welfare.

    The contents of this series were removed from an old filing system in 1975 and updated to the then Department of Community Services' files. Therefore the contents of the files are much older then the year this filing system was established.

    Please note files may feature labels from a numbering system imposed by the controlling Department generated from TRIM electronic document and records management system. This system does not reflect the original recordkeeping system of the series.

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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1961 - 1987 Open 4
P0002 1954 - 1998 Closed 11
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