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Explain the differing reactions of people in Britain towards the policy of evacuating children during the Second World War?

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Explain the differing reactions of people in Britain towards the policy of evacuating children during the Second World War? By Anja Popp People had different views and opinions of the policy of evacuating children during the Second War. Many people, who weren't affected by the situation, did not get involved at all, however, as the war continued, the Government realised how necessary the policy was for the safety of Britain's future, and the progression in British economy. Different mothers needed different amounts of convincing. Some were happy to send their children away as they knew they would be safer in the countryside, and in many cases, it would be a new opportunity for them. They also knew it would enable their husbands who were fighting in the Royal Forces, to stay focused on bringing Britain victory, if they knew at least some of their loved ones were safe. In addition it meant they were free to help the war effort by helping out in the factories and other areas. ...read more.

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They knew that although they get the choice of whom they cared for, often the child could still have disgusting habits and behaviour problems, which they would have to cope with. They were lacking rations as it was, and with additions to the household, they thought that they would be starving, however many received a pleasant surprise as they had more than enough food. Several also didn't have a lot of room for extra people and so had to give up their space for children who they didn't even know. As the war progressed, although some people's views never changed, many of them realised that taking in children helped out the whole of Britain, and also helped out them, with an extra couple of pairs of hands, it was amazing the work that could get done, for example on a farm in Yorkshire, a lady said that twice the amount of work got done with the extra five children she was playing host to. ...read more.

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Then lastly I come on to the reactions of the children themselves. They must have suffered the most, as they had to go through probably one of the most dramatic years of their life. Not only must it have to be distressing enough going through bombing of any sort, but also having to go through the whole ordeal without their family around them must have been terrible. They went through their most important years of their lives without their parents, the years where they grew into adults. Many were terrified about leaving home and nervous about being in different surroundings. Some of the people looking after the children objected them to mental and physical abuse, which made many children very homesick. Many children on the other hand were excited about going to a different, and most likely an unfamiliar area of Britain. Whilst away they got to appreciate fresh air and freedom. After a while though I think its fair to say many children missed home and although they were enjoying being away, were ready to go back to their normal life. Words - 1019 ...read more.

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