To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what past roles her Department has had in (a) appointing superintendents of children's homes and (b) the inspection of such homes in the London Borough of Lambeth.
This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.
13 October 2016
Prior to 1971, when policy and operational responsibility for children was transferred under machinery of Government changes to the then Department for Health and Social Security (DHSS), the Home Office included a Children’s Department. The Children’s Department had responsibilities for reformatory and industrial schools, remand homes and approved schools. It also had responsibility for supervising local authority and voluntary provision for children.
Indexes of material held at The National Archives suggest that the Children’s Department did not appoint superintendents or heads of individual children’s homes as a part of its core business. It did however have an Inspectorate, which operated nationally.