Historical themes in child welfare

The emergence of early child welfare structures

Authored by: Nick Frost

The Routledge Handbook of Global Child Welfare

Print publication date:  February  2017
Online publication date:  February  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138942752
eBook ISBN: 9781315672960
Adobe ISBN: 9781317374749


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This chapter explores an historical perspective on the emergence of global child welfare systems. It uses two major examples from the growth of philanthropy in the English-speaking world as a starting point and then moves on to highlight twentieth-century developments. Examples are drawn primarily from England, but it is argued that this material has a wider global resonance (the chapter is designed to be read alongside Chapter 1 of this book where Linda Pollock explores the history of childhood).

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