West Heath Children's Home

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Date:Not Recorded

Description:The children's home in West Heath was used by Birmingham Social Services as a children's home from 1981. The single-storey building was known as 'Charles House'.

The home was initially categorised as a 'special unit' for children with disabilities. At the time of opening, there were a total of five special units run by Birmingham Social Services for children with disabilities in residential care - Charles House, Ravenshurst, Pinewood, Jubilee House and Warwick House.

Charles House was one of the smaller of the five homes with 12 beds. From the few records available to the Birmingham Children's Homes Project, it would seem that Charles House was primarily, or exclusively, for children with learning disabilities.

Image: A promotional photograph used by Birmingham's children's Department in 1967. At this stage, the Birmingham Children's Homes project does not have any photographs of this children's home.

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.