Brig-y-Don Convalescent and Holiday Home, St Clement, Jersey, Channel Isles
The Brig-y-Don Convalescent and Holiday Home was established in 1925 La Grande Route de la Cote (Coast Road), St Clement, Jersey. It provided short-term care, typically of between two and eight weeks, mainly for children recovering from tuberculosis (TB).
By the 1950s, with the near-eradication of tuberculosis and the improved general health of Jersey's population, the home began to admit children up to the age of 12 who had been 'deprived whether wholly or temporarily of their normal home life' or who were 'in need of care and attention', normally with a three-month limit on the length of stays. In 1970, Brig-y-Don was registered as a voluntary home, allowing the States' Education Committee to carry out inspections.
Between 1987 and 1992, the Home also involved with the policy of 'shared care', whereby children would spend time at Brig-y-Don during the week while maintaining regular contact with their families. From 1992, Children's Services decided to change the role of Brig-y-Don to one of providing ongoing support for foster placements. In the 1980s and 1990s, Brig-y-Don also operated a service for supporting families in their own homes and supporting children after they had left Brig-y-Don.
In 2009, the decision was taken to close Brig-y-Don and the property was leased to the States of Jersey. The property was refurbished as a small unit run by the States and re-opened in 2011 to take in young people who had previously been at Heathfield, a home that had been set up to house former residents of the former Haut de la Garenne establishment.
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- The Jersey Archive, Clarence Road, St Helier, JE2 4JY.
- Higginbotham, Peter Children's Homes: A History of Institutional Care for Britain s Young (2017, Pen & Sword)
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