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John Stroud, 1923–89

Bob Holman

in Champions for children

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861343536
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301653 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861343536.003.0004
John Stroud, 1923–89

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John Stroud was a successful child-care practitioner and a widely read child-care novelist. In 1941, he left school and started work as a junior clerk in the Education Department of Kent. Within a few months Stroud was called up into the Royal Air Force, where his desire to be aircrew was ruled out by his poor eyesight. At the University of Birmingham, Stroud lived as a student in an out-post of the Birmingham Settlement at Kingstanding. At the age of 26, he applied for and obtained the post of children's welfare officer with Middlesex County Council. Late in 1951, Stroud applied for the post of boys' welfare officer with Hertfordshire Children's Department. Writing was to be his turning point. Stroud's novel, The shorn lamb, was an instant success. At the time, the occupation of social work, particularly in child care, was expanding, with many new college courses being established.

Keywords: John Stroud; child care; Royal Air Force; University of Birmingham; Hertfordshire Children's Department; social work; The shorn lamb

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