Residential Care and Education for Children and Young People under the age of 18

Ewan Anderson and Norman Cooke – The Therapeutic Care Journal The purpose of this paper is to identify and clarify sectors of Residential Care and Education provision for children and young people under the age of 18. The Children Act (1989) provided vital legislation across the field of residential care and education. It followed earlyContinue reading “Residential Care and Education for Children and Young People under the age of 18”

The Dorset Home: An Outline

The Dorset Home, 32 West Street. Image: Poole Museum. http://www.poolehistory.org.uk/node/316205 In 1865 the Dorset Penitentiary closed its doors in Blandford and moved to Poole. Once there it reopened as the Dorset Home. In December 1865 the Home’s committee announced its opening in the Poole and Dorset Herald, stating that it was ready for: ‘…receiving young […]Continue reading “The Dorset Home: An Outline”

The case of Standon Farm Approved School, 1947

The Therapeutic Care Journal Standon Farm was opened in 1885 by the Church of England Waifs and Strays Society. It operated as a Certified Industrial School until 1926, and then as an Approved School from 1938. By the 1940s, Standon Farm was providing residential care and education for eighty boys aged ten to sixteen whoContinue reading “The case of Standon Farm Approved School, 1947”

When will we learn from history? – Community Living

Rose Trustam supported the Residential Forum. She spent over 40 years practising what she preached. In an extract from Community Living Magazine June 2020, she wrote… Our relatively recent past “My history in the North West followed a very positive strategy in Hertfordshire in the late 70’s  where as the Manager of a new 3-unitContinue reading “When will we learn from history? – Community Living”

Nobody’s Child: The True Story or Growing up in a Yorkshire Children’s Home

Peter Higginbotham wrote to the Child Care History Network peter@childrenshomes.org.uk A recently published book which may be of interest: “Nobody’s Child: The True Story or Growing up in a Yorkshire Children’s Home”  by Gloria Urquhart is a eye-opening memoir of growing up in the 1950s in  some of Leeds City Council’s children’s homes (old formerContinue reading “Nobody’s Child: The True Story or Growing up in a Yorkshire Children’s Home”

Changing role of care homes

© Bupa and Centre for Policy on Ageing 2011 by Nat Lievesley and Gillian Crosby (CPA) and Clive Bowman (Bupa) with a historical perspective by Eric Midwinter A pertinent read today as the public reflects on life and death in a care home during a pandemic In  brief, the historical continuum demonstrates that, over againstContinue reading “Changing role of care homes”

Another Kind of Home: the Skinner Report

by Angus Skinner Social Work Services Inspectorate for Scotland (1992) Another kind of home: a review of residential child care (Edinburgh: Her Majesty’s Stationery Office) Though produced in the shadow of abuse inquiries in England and Scotland, this report by Angus Skinner stands in much the same relationship to the first Utting Report (1991) asContinue reading “Another Kind of Home: the Skinner Report”

‘The child of misfortune’

‘The child of misfortune’ a booklet written in 1952 by Leila Rendel , in which she classifies and groups children under a variety of circumstances that may result in the child needing to attend a facility such as the Caldecott Community. She outlines the emergence of the Children’s Act 1948, and introduces the need forContinue reading “‘The child of misfortune’”

After the Armistice Posted on November 5, 2018  by  Ian Wakeling In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front between the Allies of World War I and Germany, we have a post written by one of our Archivists, Helena Hilton, that reflectsContinue reading

Hutton Poplars: My Childhood Home

By Leslie Stromboli  Heaven knows, I am not a writer – just ask Janet and John! – but there have been occasions when I’ve been talking about my past with friends and family and it’s been suggested that I write about Hutton Poplars. When I looked online I found that historical and factual information aboutContinue reading “Hutton Poplars: My Childhood Home”