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John Padfield interviewed by Sarah Rood in the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 5786034
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Padfield, A. John, 1943-, Interviewee
 
Online Access
Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2011 
3 sound files (ca. 244 min.) 
Series

Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants oral history project.

Technical Details

Mode of access: Online. 

Summary

John Padfield, a child care worker, talks about his reaction to the national apology, catalyst for greater understanding; how the Senate inquiry important in helping understanding children's lives in care; concerns about need for balance in interviewing process; wanting to promote greater understanding for children in care and the system; his brief personal history; Allambie children's home; Department of Human Services; the process involved for children ending up in care; brief history of career in institutional child care; his role as an advocate 1986-1991; development of child advocacy and the role of the advocates; working at Winlaton; the institutions for children available in Victoria in the 1970s and 1980s; structure and discipline at Winlaton; explains the process and expectations of the department; circumstances under which children went into permanent care; capacity to keep children safe; staff dedicated and hardworking; relates some of his experiences; reflects on public criticism and views on child protection services; describes average days work as child protection agent; foster care; reflects on his experience; how affected his life both personally and professionally.

Notes

Recorded on 2 and 16 November 2011 in Melbourne, Vic.

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed Summary (6 p.) 
Subjects Padfield, A. John, 1943- -- Interviews.
Other authors/contributors Rood, Sarah, 1976-, Interviewer

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