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Frances Pochin House Home, Southport

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Frances Pochin House Home, Southport

Southport, Lancashire

(1947 - 1973)

In 1947 the children of Victoria Home for Toddlers which was based in Formby near Liverpool were moved to the newly acquired Frances Pochin Nursery in Southport. In 1949 the Home became a mixed family home and its name changed to Frances Pochin House Home.

The Children's Society increased the number of Child Care Officers in the North West in 1961 in an attempt to admit more children per year. This Home in Southport became the first in the area to benefit from this extra help and became the Northern Admissions Centre. Staff would make home visits to urgent cases and then admit the child immediately if needed.

In 1973 The Children's Society began to shift its focus to community projects rather than residential care. As part of this change the Frances Pochin Home became one of three family homes in Lancashire that began to tackle more emotional and psychological problems in homes. The Home also changed status at this point and became an Assisted Community Home.

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