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UK Child Migration to Australia, 1945-1970

A Study in Policy Failure

Authors: Lynch, Gordon

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  • Explores how policy decisions and administrative systems of the United Kingdom Government failed to protect migrated children 
  • Considers how complex government systems and policy-makers’ own perceptions of their limits of their power contribute to such policy failures
  • Examines the causes of policy failure in the care of vulnerable citizens 
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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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • ‘A Serious Injustice to the Individual’: British Child Migration to Australia as Policy Failure

    Pages 1-22

    Lynch, Gordon

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

    Pages 23-53

    Lynch, Gordon

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

    Pages 55-90

    Lynch, Gordon

  • ‘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

    Pages 91-130

    Lynch, Gordon

  • ‘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

    Pages 131-189

    Lynch, Gordon

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
UK Child Migration to Australia, 1945-1970
Book Subtitle
A Study in Policy Failure
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-69728-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-69728-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-69727-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-69730-3
Series ISSN
2634-6532
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 338
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