Association of Child Care Officers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Annual reports, 1954-69; various minutes series, 1951-70; subject files including pre-school, nursery, and day care issues, 1967-9; adoption law and practice, 1953-69, treatment of juvenile offenders, 1953-68; memoranda, statements, evidence to various enquiries; various publications, including Accord, 1955-67 and Alan Kacka, The ACCO Story (ACCO, 1973?).

Administrative / Biographical History

Following recommendations in 1946 in the interim report of the Curtis Committee on Children Deprived of a Normal Home Life, training courses for fieldworkers in child care were set up in four universities. In July 1948 a meeting of students on these courses was called to consider the setting up of a professional association. In November 1949 the Association of Child Care Officers held its inaugural annual general meeting and adopted a constitution. In 1970 the association merged with six other social workers' organisations to form the British Association of Social Workers.

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.

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open except for membership records which have been kept by the British Association of Social Workers.

Archivist's Note

The archive was listed before its arrival in the Centre. A published catalogue is available for purchase. The British Association of Social Workers' predecessor and related archives held in the Centre are : Association of Family Case Workers (MSS.378/AGFC); Association of Psychiatric Social Workers (MSS.378/APSW) ; Association of Social Workers (MSS.378/ASW) ; Institute of Medical Social Workers (MSS.378/IMSW); Moral Welfare Workers Association (MSS.378/MWWA); Society of Mental Welfare Officers (MSS.378/SMWO) ; Association of Tuberculosis Care Workers (MSS.378/TUB) ; Association of Children's Officers (MSS.378/ACO); National Association of Probation Officers (MSS.378/PROB) ; and Standing Conference of Organisations of Social Workers (MSS.378/SCOSW) .

An authority file exists for this corporate body (GB 152 AAR994).

Custodial History

The archive of the predecessors of the British Association of Social Workers was transferred to the Centre from the Association's headquarters on the 17th July 1997. There have been no further accruals since that date.