Stan & Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre

A new facility housing services for children and young people affected by the trauma of abuse, the Stan & Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre is the second of its kind in Australia.

The building is located in the historic precinct of the iconic Midland Railways Workshops. These workshops are a cluster of late 19th Century buildings that have been undergoing redevelopment since 2000. They are the centrepiece of the town’s renewal and are once again a key driver of the local economy and community.

As well as a mix of housing, commercial and civic areas, the site is the location of a vital health precinct centred around a new hospital and Curtin University’s Health and Medical education campus.

The Stan & Jean Perron Child Advocacy Centre forms a vital role within this hub. The design challenge was to not only make the building feel part of this heritage area, but more importantly, to integrate many different welfare agencies within the one building.

They needed their own distinct spaces with different needs, yet they had to work together to enable a higher level of care, and feel welcoming and comforting.

By combining the welfare agencies under one roof, it alleviates the need for a child subjected to abuse to suffer further trauma by constantly having to repeat their story to different service providers.

The design challenge was to make the building feel part of this heritage area, and integrate the many different welfare agencies within the one building.

They needed their own distinct spaces with different needs, yet they had to work together.