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UK Child Migration to Australia, 1945-1970 A Study in Policy Failure

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Lingua: Inglese
Pubblicazione: 04/2021
Edizione: 1st ed. 2021


This open access book offers an unprecedented analysis of child welfare schemes, situating them in the wider context of post-war policy debates about the care of children. Between 1945 and 1970, an estimated 3,500 children were sent from Britain to Australia, unaccompanied by their parents, through child migration schemes funded by the Australian and British Governments and delivered by churches, religious orders and charities. Functioning in a wider history of the migration of unaccompanied children to overseas British colonies, the post-war schemes to Australia have become the focus of public attention through a series of public reports in Britain and Australia that have documented the harm they caused to many child migrants.
Whilst addressing the wide range of organisations involved, the book focuses particularly on knowledge, assumptions and decisions within UK Government Departments and asks why these schemes continued to operate in the post-war period despite often failing to adhere to standards of child-care set out in the influential 1946 Curtis Report. Some factors – such as the tensions between British policy on child-care and assisted migration – are unique to these schemes. However, the book also examines other factors such as complex government systems, fragmented lines of departmental responsibility and civil service cultures that may contribute to the failure of vulnerable people across a much wider range of policy contexts.


1 ‘A Serious Injustice to the Individual’: British Child Migration to Australia as Policy Failure

2 ‘The Risk Involved is Inappreciable… and the Gain Exceptional’: Child Migration to Australia and Empire Settlement Policy, 1913–1939

3 Flawed Progress: Criticisms of Residential Institutions for Child Migrants in Australia and Policy Responses, 1939–1945

4 ‘Providing for Children… Deprived of a Normal Home Life’: The Curtis Report and the Post-war Policy Landscape of Children’s Out-of-Home Care

5 ‘Australia as the Coming Greatest Foster-Father of Children the World Has Ever Known’: The Post-war Resumption of Child Migration to Australia, 1945–1947

6 From Regulation to Moral Persuasion: Child Migration Policy and the Home Office Children’s Department, 1948–1954

7 ‘If We Were Untrammelled by Precedent…’: Pursuing Gradual Reform in Child Migration, 1954–1961

8 ‘Avoiding Fruitless Controversy’: UK Child Migration and the Anatomy of Policy Failure


Gordon Lynch is Michael Ramsey Professor of Modern Theology at the University of Kent, UK. In addition to writing books and articles on the history of child migration, he has also given extensive evidence on this history as an expert witness to two national child abuse inquiries in the United Kingdom.

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Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
Dimensioni: 210 x 148 mm Ø 460 gr
Formato: Brossura
Pagine Arabe: 338
Pagine Romane: xiii

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