Sexual abuse, silences and sources: Did the Victorians better protect their vulnerable children?

Originally posted on Workhouse Tales:
A recent news item on the Nature web site discussed a ‘severe publication bias’ in the Social Sciences: ‘When an experiment fails to produce an interesting effect, researchers often shelve the data and move on to another problem. But withholding null results skews the literature in a field, and is a…

Thank you!

  This is a very long list, especially because of the sheer length of time I have taken to revise my PhD thesis into this book. It actually started as my MA thesis, ‘Children who belong to the state’ in 2008, where I began my fascinating journey into the history of children, and in particular … More Thank you!

Introduction: ‘Children who belong to the state’

  This is my draft introduction and I would really appreciate your comments before it goes to press in August, many thanks, Lesley x In 1838 the London and Westminster Review informed its readers that the New Poor Law had proved to be a very popular theme for ‘grievance’ songs. The lyrics to several broadside … More Introduction: ‘Children who belong to the state’

£1 from every book goes to the Care leavers Association

This is taken from the Careleavers Association website which can be accessed HERE If you would like to donate to the Careleavers Association, you can do so HERE Vision & Mission  Who we are – Who we are The CLA is a user-led charity run by care leavers for care leavers. Our Strategic Direction paper … More £1 from every book goes to the Care leavers Association

‘That Miserable Hole’? The Workhouse

The word ‘workhouse’ still resonates with negative and uncomfortable meanings of a callous pre-welfare state past. Not many former workhouse inmates are still alive, their descendants (and their descendants) remember and disseminate the stories of revulsion. The hundred or so years of the operation of the ‘new’ poor laws was, and still largely is, embedded … More ‘That Miserable Hole’? The Workhouse