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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? Many people had differing reactions towards evacuation, as this was a new scheme that had been brought in by the British Government before war had been declared against Germany. As the idea of evacuation was not feasible, the government decided only to evacuate the poorer families living in areas most likely to have been bombed and would not have been able to afford evacuation of their own accord. Those of middle to upper class were able to arrange evacuation privately through relatives or friends who lived in the countryside. ...read more.

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Most of the evacuation was set up amongst schools, so classes or the whole school would be set to a destination along with their schoolteachers and maybe mothers. Arriving at their destination, the evacuees were taken to somewhere like a village hall where they would be placed with host families. Often children were picked according to their appearance. It was quite difficult to place young children, those who wanted to stay with siblings or those accompanied by their mother as the host families wanted older, fit and healthy children who could help with work. There were also Negro and Jewish children amongst the evacuees and very often they were chosen last or not even at all. ...read more.

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The host families were given an allowance for each child every week but this was very minimal only affording basics such as food. There were some incidents where the poorer families pocketed this money for their own use. There are other cases where the evacuees stole from their host families and ran away. Many of the evacuees were stereotyped of being dirty, unhealthy and poor. There was a situation where many of them had head lice but this wasn't due to them being dirty, it was only because they had all sat next to each other on the train. Medical checks had revealed that some children had medical disorders such as bone disorders and malformed teeth. It was also shown that children from a wealthier family were on average four inches taller than those from poorer families due to their diets. ...read more.

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