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Explain the differing reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children during WW2

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Joseph Davison 11C History Explain the differing reactions of people in Britain to the policy of evacuating children during WW2 People in Britain had differing reactions towards the evacuation of children in Britain depending on who they where. Parents had different reactions than their children because the experiences of the evacuation would be different. The carers who took the children into their homes also had different reactions. Parents questioned the need for evacuation from the cities and did not see the relevance of it. Parents often did not know where the children were going to be evacuated to. This made evacuation unpopular with the parents and many questions were raised. Parents wanted to know who would look after their children and where their children were going. ...read more.

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For some this was a whole new experience, just another day in the life of adventure for their children. It was also a new experience for the parents. They were going to be separated from their children for a long period of time, not knowing when they were going to return home. It was going to be different for them to not have children around them all the time. For some it was a new liberation of freedom, for others it was a nightmare. They would not see their children for such a long time, it was a nightmare. Evacuation began on the 1st September 1939 and Government had made plans to evacuate as many as 4 million children. ...read more.

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By 1940 over 1 million children had returned home. The Government had failed to evacuate the children. Children had a different experience. They were going to travel to places they had never visited before. See things they had never seen before and do things they had never done before. To make it worse, most of them did not want to go! The children really did not have a choice though. They were simply forced to go by their parents, the government and mostly by their schools. Children were normally evacuated as a school and had teachers look after them. Some younger children had to be evacuated with their mothers. Pregnant women and hospital patients were also evacuated with the children, as it was not deemed safe for them to stay in the cities. ...read more.

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