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British Home Children: Children in the Industrial Revoluntion - Great Britain

British Home Children were impoverish youngsters between infancy and 18 years of age who were sent to British Colonies by philanthropic groups. British Home Children were sent to Canada between the 1860's and the 1940's. .

Workhouses and Industrial Schools

An industrial school during the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain was designed to help solve the problems associated with juvenile deliquency by removing the children from their home and placing them in a type of boarding or day school.  The children were employed in various occupations with some beginning apprenticeships.  


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Children in the Workhouse

The workhouses in Great Britain were seen as a method of dealing with the extreme poverty which came about as a result to the rapid industrialization in that country.  They were first introduced in 1576 and officially closed in 1930, however there are instances where they continued until the late 20th century under a different name.

It was to the workhouse that the poorest of the poor were housed and there was an incredible shame associated with being sent to the workhouse.  Men, women and children were segregated into different housing areas with all inmates after a certain age having to contribute by work of some type . 

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Children in the Industrial Revolution, Great Britain

Social Conditions in Industrial Great Britain

Social Strata - Victorian England