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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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History Coursework Britain in the Second World War: The evacuation of British children 2. Explain the differing reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children during the Second World War There were many different reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children depending on who you were, a parent, a child or a foster family. Firstly I will discuss the parents, the majority were hesitant to let their children go as they did not want their loved ones to live with random strangers, let alone leave their side. Countless parents worried, but deep down they knew and accepted their children would be much safer away in rural areas, the chances of attacks in rural areas were significantly less than in big cities. On the other hand, some parents did not have any contact with their children, only assurance from the government that their children were safe and doing well. There was no evidence, the parents could only hope and pray that their children were safe. ...read more.

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we started to get locked in the cupboard.' Michael Caine the British actor. A number of children felt homesick, did not like change to their normal lives in the city and missed their parents, it was very hard on some children. In contrast to this a number of children got the chance to make new friends and learn new things and for many, the evacuation period was a positive mind-broadening experience leaving them with memories to remember for the rest of their lives. Many thought is as a great opportunity to see the countryside, farm animals and the beautiful scenery. Some of the children were from poorer areas of the cities and naturally they acted this way in their foster homes. They found it difficult to adjust to the strict, wealthy countryside lifestyle and it took them a while to settle in. Other children were already from richer families so the rich countryside lifestyle was not so much of a problem for them and they settled in well. ...read more.

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Some only fostered the evacuees because of the allowance they got or to use the child for cheap labour. It was more that a clash of town and country life, it was a sight for the country people because many of the children were so dirty. Some of the children wet the bed, did not know how to bathe and were bad mannered. . A lot of the evacuees came from poverty in the city, to living with a rich family in the country. Some foster parents found this hard to cope with children displaying filthy habits in the foster parents homes, like urinating on the walls instead of the toilets In conclusion there were differing reactions to the policy of evacuating the children in Britain in the Second World War, some positive and some negative. The experience people had depended on their own situation they were in and accordingly alter their opinion on the policy. After considering the different points of view it appears to me that the people wanted to evacuate the children despite all the difficulty and trouble that evacuation caused. Word count: 853 ...read more.

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