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Ballikinrain Castle, Balfron, Stirlingshire, Scotland

On 29 July 1968, an Approved School for 50 Junior Boys was certified to operate in premises at Ballikinrain Castle, near Balfron, Stirlingshire, under the management of the Church of Scotland. The property had been previously occupied by St Hilda's School for Girls.

Ballikinrain Castle, Ballikinrain

Ballikinrain Castle, Ballikinrain

Following Scotland's 1968 Social Work Act, the establishment became a 'List D' School.

The school remeains in operation, now run by the Church of Scotland's Crossreach agency, providing care and education services for young people aged from 6 to 16 years who are experiencing social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.


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  • Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain's Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
  • Hyland,Jim Yesterday's Answers: Yesterday's Answers: Development and Decline of Schools for Young Offenders (1993, Whiting and Birch)
  • Millham, S, Bullock, R, and Cherrett, P After Grace — Teeth: a comparative study of the residential experience of boys in Approved Schools (1975, Chaucer Publishing)