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Fourth draft of Atlantic Child Guidance Centre position paper : [draft typescript]

Item consists of the fourth draft of an Atlantic Child Guidance Centre position paper, dated August 31, 1972, prepared by the Atlantic Child Guidance Centre Policy Committtee (Dr. Alexander Murchison, Dr. G. Gordon, Norris Turner, Paul Norton, Dr. S. Bijoor, and Everett Harris). The item is addressed to "all Atlantic Child Guidance Centre staff for comment" before final submission, and has the goal of ensuring that "adolescents [...] not be forgotten either in terms of bureaucratic strucutre or in terms of submergence in adult designed and orientated programs", and that they "require advocates" to ensure that any public health legislation does not overlook the needs of those who are "underage [... in a] largely adult orientated society".

Group home development proposal, Group Home Advisory Committee, Children's Aid Society of Halifax : [draft typecript]

Item consists of a later draft of group home development proposal compiled by the Alexander Murchison (and others) for the Group Home Advisory Committee, Children's Aid Society of Halifax, dated March 9, 1973. The committee consisted of Dr. Murchison, Ron Smith, Pat Corkery, T. Daley, Mrs. Cleveland, Father O'Neil and John Letkeman. The purpose of the document is "to recommend proposals relative to the development of group homes by the Children's Aid Society of Halifax".

Group home development proposal, Group Home Advisory Committee, Children's Aid Society of Halifax : [draft typescript]

Item consists of an early draft of a "Group home development proposal" compiled by the Alexander Murchison (and others) for the Group Home Advisory Committee, Children's Aid Society of Halifax, dated March 5, 1973. The committee consisted of Dr. Murchison (chairman), Ron Smith, Pat Corkery, T. Daley, Mrs. Cleveland, and Father O'Neil. The purpose of the document is "to recommend proposals relative to the development of group homes by the Children's Aid Society of Halifax". Item also contains handwritten inked marginal notes and corrections.

Brief to Commission on Special Protection Services from Children's Aid Society of Halifax : [draft typescript]

Item consists of a draft typescript of a brief to be submitted to the Commission of Special Protection Services compiled by Dr. Alexander Murchison (and others) for the Children's Aid Society of Halifax, and was presented on May 29, 1972. Item consists of a report compiled for the purpose of stressing the importance of examining the "very fine line [...] between delinquent behavior resulting in direct Court Action under the Juvenile Delinquents Act and the behavior exhibited by a child in need of protection as defined in the Child Welfare Act" and making best practice recommendations, when determining foster home placements resulting from Family Court cases regarding child welfare and juvenile delinquency. Item also contains an appendix of three anonymous case studies from the Shelburne region. Item also contains a few penciled corrections.

Brief to the Premier with invitations to the Ministers of Health, Welfare and Education and to the Nova Scotia Health Council : [draft typescript]

Item consists of the final draft of a brief compiled by Dr. Alexander Murchison (and others) on an ad hoc committee under the chairmanship of Dr. Sylvia Keet, prepared for Premier Gerald Regan and his ministers, in April 1971. The subject of this item is "the need for [the] establishment of residential treatment centres for disturbed adolescents in Nova Scotia". The committee received support from Mr. Andrew Crook (Canadian Mental Health) and Mr. Tim Daley (Children's Aid Society and Department of Public Welfare". The data was initially collected by Mrs. Elaine Fraser in April 1970 when she was a student at the Maritime School of Social Work, and the final analysis was conducted by students of that school under the direction of Mr. Frank Winters.