Belmont Program, Parkerville
Years of Operation1979 or earlier – ongoing
Sponsoring AgencyParkerville Children’s Home Inc.
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See the entry “Parkerville Children’s Home” in the earlier section of Signposts, “Non-Government Agencies and their Subsidiary Institutions”
Brief HistoryThe WELSTAT (welfare statistics) Collection of 1979 notes Parkerville Children’s Home as a ‘scattered group home’ (ie. “a family group home whose grounds do not adjoin those of another family group home, or other residential child care establishment, operated by the same enterprise.”) that was operated by an agency other than the Department. The first mention of Belmont Cottage by name was made in Departmental files in the 1980/81 Annual Report of the Consultative Committee on Residential Child Care, which reported a new cottage at Belmont opening “during the last year”, so it is likely that the Belmont Cottage was the one to which WELSTAT referred in 1979.

Services in 1994 included up to one year’s accommodation for 12-17 year olds. (Out of Home, Preventative and Alternative Care Services Review, “Terms of Reference”, Family and Children’s Services, 1995).

Funding for this service was originally provided through the Commonwealth/State funded Supported Accommodation Assistance Programme (SAAP). From 2009, funding continues to be provided through the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA). [For notes on this program see the introductory section of this Directory.]

In its agreement with the Department in 1998, the Belmont Cottage was providing 6 medium to long-term placements for children and young people aged 14 to 17 years at the Belmont Cottage and/or other locations in the Perth metropolitan area. A range of placements appropriate to the needs of the young person were to be provided, utilising cottage and foster care. (Service Agreement with the Department for Family and Children’s Services).
RecordsCase files from 1990; admission/discharge registers for the Hard-to-Serve Youth (Barooga, then Belmont) programs. Records for placements prior to 1990 may also be available.
Case records for young people placed by the Department may reside with the Department for Child Protection.
AccessWhile access to records is restricted to protect the privacy of individuals, people are encouraged to enquire.
Contact DetailsParkerville Children and Youth Care (Inc)
Beacon Road, Parkerville WA 6081
Telephone: (08) 9295 4400
Facsimile: (08) 9295 4099

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