New build of Holy Family Primary School in Tower Hamlets - Commences soon to be new home of St Francis Family Centre.
Catholic Children’s Society launch ConnectEd delivering School Counselling, Play & Music Therapy & Metal Health Training in Schools.
2011 St Vincent’s closes its doors for the last time.
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St Vincent’s Family Centre is awarded a Quality Mark Standard for Mediation by the Legal Services Commission. The School Counselling Service expands and a second team begins work, based at St Vincent’s, Hanwell.
OFSTED inspection report describes St Francis’ Family Centre in Poplar as “outstanding”. Bishop Harvey Family Service moves from Hendon to Muswell Hill.
The Commission for Social Care Inspectorate commends the Society’s Post Adoption Service as “excellent”. Bishop Harvey Memorial garden opened at St. Margaret’s, North Kensington. Rev. Jim Richards is ordained Deacon by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.
Bishop Harvey dies. St Margaret’s Family Centre is refurbished.
Comedian Frank Skinner donates £125,000, his share of prize money from ‘Celebrity Who Wants to be a Millionaire’. The money is used to refurbish St Vincent’s, Hanwell.
The Bishop Harvey Family Service is established.
St Vincent’s Family Centre opens in Hanwell, West London. Jim Richards becomes Chief Executive Officer.
The Hertfordshire project offering family support services opens in St. Albans.
The School Counselling Service starts. Central London Homelessness Team is set up to assist families who have no permanent home. St Margaret’s Family Centre opens at St Charles Square, North Kensington.
St Francis’ Family Centre opens in Poplar, East London.
The Crusade of Rescue changes its name to the Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster). There is a decline in the need for residential homes for children and the number of babies being placed for adoption also decreases. The Society moves into more community based programmes.
Statutory post-adoption work begins. Adoption Act introduces the right for adopted adults to obtain their original birth certificate. The Legislation is retrospective.
Bishop Harvey, now Crusade Board Chairman, is awarded the OBE for services to childcare.
The peak of referrals of babies for adoption.
St William’s pre-adoption nursery opens at St Charles Square, transferred from Feltham. Bishop Craven House opens at Enfield; new family group homes replacing large institutions.
The Crusade offices move from Tavistock Place to St Charles Square.
Revival of child migration; this time to Australia. Catholic, other faith based and Government agencies took part in the scheme.
Westminster Catholic Social Welfare Committee opens under the auspices of the Crusade of Rescue. St Pelagia’s mother and baby home at Highgate opens. Many of the babies go on to be placed for adoption. The home was run by The Sisters of The Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary.
St Nicholas’s mother and baby home opens in Highbury Hill.
St Joseph’s, Enfield, building was extended. The Adoption Act 1926 introduces a process of legal adoption for the first time.
Fr. Craven (later Canon and Bishop Craven) replaced Fr. Bans.
The Crusade waste collection scheme started. This was an early recycling programme used as a way of fundraising. The rubbish trucks were garaged at Compton Place, behind the head office.
The Crusade head office moves from Harrow Road to Compton Street, now Tavistock Place, near Russell Square.
3 homes open in Feltham: St Vincent’s, St Anthony’s and St Teresa’s. They were all closed in the 1950s due to the expansion of Heathrow airport. The children later attended St Lawrence’s school, Feltham. Cardinal Vaughan instrumental in making the Crusade of Rescue an incorporated society. Incorporation – becoming a legal corporation under Company Law which offers financial protection as a limited company. This is in addition to the Crusade’s status as a charity.
The building of Westminster Cathedral is completed. The Catholic Emigration Association is formed. It conducted the emigration of all Catholic Children of 18 years and under from the British Isles to Canada.
The census return for St Mary’s, North Hyde, shows 20 lay and religious staff and 388 children in residence.
A hostel for working boys was opened at Manette Street, Soho.
Fr. Bans becomes Administrator.
St Joseph’s, Holtwhites Hill, Enfield opens. Run by the Sisters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, 138 boys were in residence in 1890.
Fr. William Barry, Crusade of Rescue Administrator, opens homes for children at St Joseph’s in Rose Lane, Stepney.
St Vincent’s Home for Boys moves from Hammersmith to Harrow Road. 1884 St Charles School, Brentwood, opens for boys over 9 years old. Run at different times by The Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul and the Christian Brothers, the home closed in 1954 when the building was sold to the Home Office.
Migration of Catholic children to Canada begins, partly as a response to the cost of looking after children in the homes. Of approximately 50,000 children sent from English institutions up to the 1920s, 5,000 were Catholic.
Fr. (Lord) Archibald Douglas takes over St Vincent’s, Hammersmith, and starts a printing press and bakery to provide work for the boys.
Westminster Diocesan Education Fund is founded for the education of poor Catholic children.
Cardinal Manning becomes the Archbishop of Westminster.
St Mary’s home for boys in North Hyde, Southall, is approved by the Poor Law Guardians. The buildings were part of former barracks used during the Napoleonic Wars 1799-1815.
St Nicholas’ Industrial School opened in Walthamstow and was named after Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman. Boys would be committed here by the courts for offences like ‘wandering’, stealing (often very small amounts like £2), homelessness, begging, being in bad company. We would describe children like this today as being in need of care and protection.
The Crusade of Rescue is established from the various groups already working in the Diocese. One of the aims was to protect the faith of Catholic children and families. St Mary’s Home for Girls opens in Walthamstow. St Vincent’s Home, Hammersmith, takes in 20 boys.
The Catholic Emancipation Act enabled the Catholic Church to restore its Bishops and Dioceses and to formalise works for charity.