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... incarcerated and brutalised far too many young people ...

Children could be locked up in reformatories for a range of reasons – including for criminal offences, for running away from a home, for being ‘rebellious’, for being ‘in moral danger’. Girls who were victims of sexual crimes could also be incarcerated.

Children in such places were vulnerable to treatment forbidden in adult gaols and unlawful at the time.

Some children were locked up in adult psychiatric institutions – without there being a diagnosis of mental illness – for behaviour such as running away or being ‘rebellious’.

Inside: Life in Children’s Homes series
  • Last updated: 14 February 2012
  • 5 programs
Compelling accounts of life in Australian children's homes and institutions, shared as part of the National Museum's Inside exhibition.
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