Series VPRS 18206
Admissions, Family Welfare Division/Family and Adolescent Services Division
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Date Range: Series 1961 - 1984
  Series in Custody 1961 - 1984
  Contents 1961 - 1984
Public Access: Closed
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
1961 - 1971 Social Welfare Branch, Chief Secretary's Department VA 2784
1971 - 1979 Social Welfare Department VA 946
1979 - 1984 Department of Community Welfare Services VA 613
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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 volume of interest.

  • Function / Content
    This series is a central summary record documenting the admission of children to the care of the Family Welfare Division/Family Welfare and Adolescent Services Division of the various Social/Community Welfare Department's.

    The registers served a dual purpose, of both:

    - compliance with legislative obligations in relation to registration of wards of the state, and
    - as a statistical count for the purposes of reporting and capitation.

    Within one of the volumes is a memorandum from the Director of Family Welfare, dated 2/8/1968 requesting a specific record be kept of all children with known Yugoslavian parents admitted to the care of the Division, and requesting a return at the end of each month.

    The first volume has separate sections for boys and girls. Thereafter, the registers use a split page system - boys in the top half, girls in the bottom half, with a double page covering a weekly period. There is a detailed statistical count at the bottom of each page, whereby cumulative totals for each code are carried over to the next week. These totals seemed to reset at the beginning of each financial year, which suggests that the records also served a capitation purpose.

    In March 1978, the ward numbering system was re-set to a new sequence beginning at 1000. At the same time, the separation of entries by gender ceased, and the format of the register columns changed somewhat. The Admission and Committal codes were replaced with a written reason for admission, and the statistical information also ceased being recorded.

    Inside the front cover of many of the registers is a legend relating to the codes used throughout for:

    - Age Range
    - Native Place (Victoria, Other States, Ex Australia)
    - Causes of Admission (11 in total, such as Found Begging; Wandering Abandoned; or Unfit guardianship)
    - Causes of Committal (14 in total, such as Larceny; Assault; or Breach of Probation)
    - D or N (Delinquent or Non Delinquent) would be placed in the appropriate number column as per the Admission or Committal codes.

    The registers are in typical column format and record the following information:

    - Ward Number
    - Name of Child
    - Date of Birth
    - Date of Admission
    - Court Location
    - Code information (as per the legend detailed above).

  • Recordkeeping System
    The volumes are arranged chronologically by date of admission.

    For more detailed client records, see:
    - VRPS 10071: State Ward Case Files, all Wards (to June 1961); Family Welfare Division Ward Case Files (July 1961-1978), Single Number System
    ;- VPRS 16747: Client Case Files, Youth Welfare Division (Social Welfare Branch 1961 - 1971; Social Welfare Department 1971 - 1978)
    ;- VPRS 16749: Client Files, Family and Adolescent Services Division, Single Number System.

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1978 - 1984 Client Files, Family and Adolescent Services Division, Single Number System VPRS 16749
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1961 - 1984 Closed 3
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