Children’s Homes by Peter Higginbotham

Children’s Homes surveys the wide range of institutions that, over the centuries, were used as a substitute for children’s ‘natural’ homes. This includes not only orphanages but a wide range of other establishments run by particular bodies (charities, religious groups, workhouse authorities, occupational groups, local councils, single individuals etc.) or which served particular purposes (penal confinement, moral protection, special training etc). Now, there is much evidence that some children’s institutions were indeed fearful places where children were, at least by present-day standards, badly treated, even if it was often with the best of intentions by those who ran those establishments.

From the Tudor times to the present day, this fascinating book answers questions such as: Who founded and ran all these institutions? Who paid for them? Where have they all gone? What was life like for their inmates? And where can their records be found? Illustrated throughout, Children’s Homes provides an essential account of the previously neglected history of these British institutions.

Published July 2017 by Pen and Sword. ISBN 978-1526701350

Children’s Homes by Peter Higginbotham

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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