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Norfolk children's homes and children in care

1974 onwards

The Local Government Act of 1972 made Norfolk County Council responsible for social services throughout Norfolk.

This included taking over the responsibilities of Norwich and Great Yarmouth, which had previously acted independently.

The changes came into effect on 1 April 1974.

The county council's social services department and the education department were reorganised in 2005 to form adult social services and children’s services.

Records, 1974 onwards

  • Register of children in Norwich discharged from the care of Norwich City Council and (from April 1974) Norfolk County Council, Dec 1950 – Sept 1983 (ACC 2004/101). Closed to public access for 100 years.
  • Assumption of parental rights files, 1974-87 (ACC 2006/231) .Files for names beginning with letters T, U, V and Wa are missing. Closed to public access for 100 years.
  • Record cards relating to children in care, 1970s-1980s (ACC 2006/231). Information from the cards has been entered on a computer database by children's services. Closed to public access for 100 years.

We have very few records relating to children’s homes and children in care after 1974.

Details on how to obtain personal information is available from Norfolk County Council