Irwin Avenue Children's Home, Rednal

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Date:1952 - 1981 (c.)

Description:Irwin Avenue children's home was built as what was known as a 'family group home' in 1952 on the Rednal housing estate.

The home at 50 Irwin Avenue was part of a programme of new children’s homes, each built on Birmingham's newly developing housing estates, which were to be small family homes or scattered homes – a move away the larger children's homes favoured in earlier years.

These homes were designed to be a small ‘family’ unit in a house that looked much like any other on the estate. The first of these homes was completed in 1951, and a further 11, one of which was Irwin Avenue, were built in the following decade.

The houseparents, generally a married couple, would live in the home with, if they had any, their own children. Usually the housefather had a full-time job outside the home while the housemother worked full-time within the home.

Irwin Avenue had beds for up to eight children. The home was listed as closed in 1981 and the building has since (pre 2010) been demolished.

Image: Publicity photograph taken for the Children's Committee, Birmingham City Council 1967. The Birmingham Children's Homes project has no photograph of Irwin Avenue children's home at this stage.
Source: This history was compiled by the Birmingham Children's Homes Project, an initiative to explore Birmingham City Council-run children’s homes between 1949 and 1990.