Papers of the Association of Children's Officers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Executive Council and General Meeting minutes, 1949-1971; proceedings of annual conferences, 1951-1970; ACO Bulletins, 1950-1970.

Administrative / Biographical History

This Association needs to be distinguished from the Association of Child Care Officers (ACCO). Both have their origins in the Report of the Curtis Committee on Children Deprived of a Normal Home Life (1946) and the Children Act of 1948, which, acting on the recommendations of the Curtis Committee, legislated for the establishment by local authorities of Children's Departments. As a consequence of the rapid increase in the number of trained field-workers involved in social work with families and the supervision and boarding out of children in the care of the Children's Departments, a new association (ACCO) was founded by these child care workers in 1949. ACO was established by the chief officers of the new departments in November 1949. The association was never a part of the Standing Conference of Organisations of Social Workers and was disbanded in January 1971, on the merger of local authority child care into the wider Social Services Departments and the formation of an Association of Directors of Social Services.

Reference: R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970.Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1987. R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, British Association of Social Workers. Supplementary Catalogue to the Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970.Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1988.

Arrangement

The archives of BASW's predecessors were listed before their deposit in the Centre. A published catalogue is available for purchase. The archives of the different organisations are distinguished by different initials.

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/holdings/class/. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers, except for the membership records, and other records restricted by the Data Protection Act, 1998.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the British Association of Social Workers, 17 July 1997. Additional material was deposited by BASW in 2003.

Other Finding Aids

Reference: R.W. Stacey and A.T. Collis, British Association of Social Workers. Catalogue and guide to the archives of the predecessor organisations, 1890-1970. (Birmingham : British Association of Social Workers, 1987. Supplement to the Catalogue, 1988.).

Authority records exist for Association of Social Workers (GB 0152 AAR0997) and Association of Children's Officers(GB 0152 AAR1015).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

These archives have been weeded for duplicate ephemeral material.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

MSS.378/BASW contains records after 1970, when this association was merged with others to form the British Association of Social Workers.

Related archives held in the Centre are: Association of Child Care Officers (MSS.378/ACCO); Association of Family Case Workers (MSS.378/AGFC); Moral Welfare Workers' Association (MSS.378/MWWA); Association of Psychiatric Social Workers (MSS.378/APSW); Association of Social Workers (MSS.378/ASW); Institute of Medical Social Workers (MSS.378/IMSW); Society of Mental Welfare Officers (MSS.378/SMWO); Association of Tuberculosis Care Workers (MSS.378/TUB) ; National Association of Probation Officers (MSS.378/PROB); and Standing Conference of Organisations of Social Workers (MSS.378/SCOSW).