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UprootedThe Shipment of Poor Children to Canada, 1867-1917$
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Roy Parker

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420145

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420145.001.0001

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The Issue of Inspection

The Issue of Inspection

(p.53) four The Issue of Inspection

Roy Parker

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the issue of inspection to determine the condition of Poor Law children sent to Canada. From 1876–87, the emigration of Poor Law children made halting progress. The central issue was the lack of adequate inspection once the children were in Canada. A picture emerges of considerable unease and scepticism among officials at the Local Government Board, doubts that were primarily about the welfare and protection of such children. In Canada, inspection was only reluctantly accepted as the price that had to be paid for the immigration of more children. This reluctance derived partly from concerns about the cost of conducting the inspections, but also from the practical difficulties involved.

Keywords:   Poor Law children, child emigration, Canada, Local Government Board, child welfare

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