The Reformatories and Industrial Schools

Roy Parker

in Uprooted

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9781847420145
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447304142 | DOI:
The Reformatories and Industrial Schools

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This chapter discusses the patterns and attitudes towards emigration from British reformatories and industrial schools. The emigration of children from reformatories and industrial schools was always a sensitive issue, since Canadian legislation debarred the entry of anyone with a criminal record, and public opinion could easily be inflamed by the claim that this prohibition had been evaded. In fact, it was only those who had been committed to a reformatory who were specifically precluded from entering the country, but even then there was the disputed question of whether an exception could be made in the case of those who had been fully discharged rather than released on licence. The position of the industrial-school children was more ill-defined and less well understood.

Keywords: child emigration; child immigration; British reformatories; criminal record

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