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Children's Protection Society

Founded in 1896 as the Victorian Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the society was a local branch of an international organisation. It had only one inspector to respond to reports of child abuse until 1923, when the move to the Charity Organisation Society offices brought it into an alliance of child rescue organisations. Renewed concerns about child abuse in the 1960s saw the Victorian Government fund the society to investigate reports across the city, a responsibility it relinquished to the State in 1986. The Children's Protection Society now operates preventive and treatment programs from its West Heidelberg offices.

Shurlee Swain