Children in Care 1834 - 1914

Ref: C2224588

Using a wide range of examples, particularly from Dickleburgh, a village in Norfolk which housed 300 destitute or orphaned children between 1875 and 1912 , we will explore attitudes to poverty, the circumstances that brought children into care and the role of philanthropists and the voluntary sector in highlighting their plight. We will also look at provision for children in care including workhouses, district and industrial schools, children's homes, fostering and adoption, and juvenile emigration. Using examples from the Dickleburgh children in particular, we will also explore what happened to the children after leaving care.

Course aim

To explore attitudes towards destitute and orphaned children and the range of provision by the state and the voluntary sector, focussing on the period 1834-1914.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Evaluate the impact of the 19th century philanthropists and the voluntary sector on child welfare provision
  • Identify the key reasons children came into care during the period
  • Outline the main types of provision for children in care during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • Evaluate the effects of the juvenile emigration scheme

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information http://pearl.open.ac.uk/

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Children in Care 1834 - 1914 Course Outline

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  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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