West Glamorgan County Council Homes
Composite list of children's establishments run (at some time in their history) by West Glamorgan County Council.
- Family Group Home, Cartref-y-Gelli, Carmarthen
- Family Group Home, Roberts Rest, Ferryside§
- Family Group Home, 10 Lilac Grove, Baglan
- Family Group Home, 70 Llygad Yr Haul, Caewern
- Family Group Home, 12 Penywern, Croesrw§
- Family Group Home, 57 Chain Road, Graignedd, Glynneath
- Family Group Home, 47 Gower View Road, Penyrheol, Gorseinon
- Family Group Home, 1 Heol Y Gog, Gowerton
- Family Group Home, Greenbanks, Tirmynydd Road, Three Crosses, Gowerton
- Family Group Home, 13 Beaconsview, Neath
- Family Group Home, The Laurels, Lewis Road, Neath
- The Laurels, Lewis Road, Neath§
- Glamorgan Farm School, Ty Segur, Neath
- Glamorgan Farm School, Ty Segur, Neath§
- Family Group Home, 30 Parc Hendry Crescent, Penclawdd
- Family Group Home, 29 Cefn Llan, Pontardawe
- Family Group Home, 5 Viola Avenue, Port Talbot
- Hostel for Boys, Fairways, Sandfields, Port Talbot
- Hostel for Boys, Fairways, Sandfields, Port Talbot§
- Family Group Home, 21 Parc Bryn, Burrows Estate, Skewen
- Family Group Home, 14 Clyro Court, Bonymaen, Swansea§
- Family Group Home, 2 Stembridge Avenue, Portmead, Swansea§
- Family Group Home, 2 Whitehorn Place, Sketty Park, Swansea§
- Family Group Home, 21 Acacia Road, West Cross, Swansea
- Ynys-y-Plant Nursery, 328 Mumbles Road, West Cross, Swansea§
- Working Boys' Home, 49 Parkway, Sketty Park, Swansea§
- Family Group Home, 67 Edgemoor Close, Upper Killay, Swansea
- Cwmdonkin House, 67 Heathfield, Swansea
- Family Group Home, 71 Cresswell Road, Clase, Morriston, Swansea§
- Cockett House, Cockett Road, Cockett, Swansea§
- Llwyncelyn House, Cockett Road, Cockett, Swansea§
- Rheanfa Remand Home, Ffynone, Swansea§
§ indicates homes at some time also run by a borough council.
The involvement of local authorities in the running of children's homes dates from 1930, when they took over the running of the poor relief system previously administered by Boards of Guardians. Surviving records for council-run children's homes may be held in each council's own internal archives. Prior to 1991, however, when a legal requirement was introduced for councils to retain records of children leaving their care, the survival of such records is very variable. Contact details for local authorities in the UK can be found on the website of the Care Leavers Association (CLA). The CLA also provides guidance on accessing childhood care files, which are normally only open to the individuals they relate to.
Locating local authority records has been complicated by the various local government reorganizations that have taken place in recent times, such as the abolition of the London County Council in 1965, and the major nationwide restructuring in 1974 in which many administrative areas were created, amended or eliminated.
Older records may sometimes be placed with the relevant county or borough record office. Many of these repositories have online catalogues of their holdings and also contribute to the National Archives' Discovery database. Note that records containing personal data usually have access closed for a period of fifty years or more.
Older material relating to West Glamorgan Council homes may exist at:
- Glamorgan Archives, Clos Parc Morgannwg, Leckwith, Cardiff CF11 8AW.
Some records relating to council-run homes, for example inspection reports (though not resident lists etc.), are held by The National Archives (TNA). A closure period may apply to these records.
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
- Urquhart, Gloria (2020) Nobody's Child: The True Story of Growing up in a Yorkshire Children's Home
- Cooke, Allan Institutionalized in a Children's Home: Skellow Hall 1950-1963 — a true story of a child and children in a home (2012, Authorhouse)
- Cummings, Les Forgotten: The Heartrending Story of Life in a Children's Home
- Limbrick, Gudrun The Children of the Homes: a century of Erdington Cottage Homes
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