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Donella Jaggs interviewed by Jill Barnard in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5079534
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Jaggs, Donella, 1931-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
6 sound files (ca. 341 min.) 
Series

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web. 

Summary

Donella Jaggs discusses her family background and birth in England; her family moving to New Zealand; returning to England; her secondary and University education; her husband and children; immigrating to Albury, N.S.W.; undertaking voluntary social work; joining the Victorian Children's Welfare Department (1960); the high post-war birth rate and increased visibility of young people in the 1950s; moral panic and society's desire to control these young people; differences between American and British models of social work; historical approaches to children's care; the history of child welfare in Victoria; record-keeping practices at the Children's Welfare Department and other children's care institutions; the resources available to Department staff; the varying attitudes of parents whose children were placed in care; restrictions on placing children according to age, sex, religion; the separation of siblings; the retrieval of children by parents; the supervised release of children by the Children's Homes Section; preparing children for work; changing views in the 1960s regarding children's needs and appropriate treatment; child abuse being recognised as in issue in the 1960s.

Jaggs discusses the inspection of children's homes in Victoria in the 1960s; the introduction of case histories; the shortage of places available in homes; varying standards of treatment between institutions; varying motivations of staff; the decline in religious life in the 1960s; the introduction of supervisors, modernisation in institutions; the introduction of extended education for children; costs of and funding for running voluntary homes; attempts to create a code of standards for homes (1968); changes in Department management and culture in the 1970s; increased housing and standards of living in the 1970s; home release; deaths of wards of state and young offenders; generations of families in the welfare system; the informal hierarchy of non-government children's homes; the Norgard Enquiry into Child Care; recommendations for higher standards; regionalisation and the demise of large children's institutions; the Housing Commission of Victoria rehousing families in the 1960s and 1970s; attempts to keep siblings together; the return to foster care and family group homes; the legal profession's attitude towards Child Welfare legislation in Victoria; teaching and writing; the importance of welfare history and records; records and privacy; the expectation that children would never see their records; the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants Oral History Project.

Notes

Recorded on 20 January and 18 February 2011, at Heidelberg, Vic.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (9 p.) and corrected transcript available (typescript, 69 leaves) 
Subjects Jaggs, Donella, 1931- -- Interviews.  |  Child welfare -- Victoria -- History.  |  Children -- Institutional care -- Victoria -- History.  |  Children -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Victoria -- History.  |  Social workers -- Victoria -- Interviews.
Occupation Social workers.
Other authors/contributors Barnard, Jill, Interviewer

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ORAL TRC 6200/45 (transcript)
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ORAL TRC 6200/45 (summary)
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