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Explain the differing reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children during the Second World War.

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Explain the differing reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children during the Second World War. On the 31st of August 1939 evacuation was introduced to the British population. Evacuation was a process the government took to protect children and vulnerable groups from getting harmed. The government set up a program where children, pregnant women and the elderly were transported to safer parts of the country. Such as Wales, and the countryside. When evacuation was introduced there were several reactions to take notice of - Host families, the parents of the evacuees and the evacuees. In this essay I am going to analyse the differing reactions of the people who would have been affected by evacuation. The parents of the evacuees were unsure of whether evacuation was the solution for keeping their loved one safe. Some parents sent their children without any enthusiasm and when it became apparent that the war wouldn't lead to the major cities being bombed, parents took their children back from where they had been placed. ...read more.

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Some children came from large busy cities and weren't used to the country life. Some of the children wet their beds and some didn't have any experience of eating with a knife and fork. Although some children found it difficult to settle in there new "homes" other children settled in straight away. The children enjoyed helping on farm and some children enjoyed living the lifestyle they knew they could never have back home. Host families were not always pleased with the outcome of who they had taken in. Some of the children were very poor they arrived with lice or they came with no change of clothing or they had no idea on how to keep themselves clean. The host families soon became short of money because the allowance they were given couldn't cover expenses such as extra clothes and toys. Also when food prices rose their allowance didn't rise with it and it became apparent the allowance the government gave them wasn't enough to provide the children with what they needed. ...read more.

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I think towards the end of the war host families and children's reactions changed. I think after a few months of living where they were host families enjoyed the children's company and the children enjoyed helping their host family's work on their farms and the countryside as a whole. I think that the host families, children and the parent's opinions all changed on a whole. I also think that everyone realised that evacuation was in the interest of children and vulnerable groups to be kept safe and not to break families apart. I also think that everyone that was involved in the evacuation process got a taste to what life was like. Parents would remember how life was like to have no children around. Host families experienced how difficult it is to look after other people's children, and the children had a taste on how things were like in the countryside and how different everything is compared to the major towns they came from. Natalie French 10C ...read more.

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