On 29th August 2018 BBC News reported that some of the child migrants who were sent to Australia from the UK are planning to sue the UK Government. The article explains…
Between 1945-70, some 4,000 children were separated from their families and sent to Australia and Zimbabwe.
The Independent Inquiry Into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) considered the children who were forcibly relocated in the post-war period.
A scheme saw children from deprived backgrounds who were often already in social care – some as young as three years old – sent away with the promise of a better life.
I have read many of the accounts bravely shared by victims of this dreadful policy – children who were costing the UK too much to look after within the residential care system. The ‘cheaper’ option was to send them off to Commonwealth countries who were looking for ‘good white British stock’.
It makes your heart break.
These and many other stories inspired me to write The Forgotten Children – in the hope that it will increase awareness about this terrible period in British history.