A promise of a better life

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.

The Forgotten Children is available now for pre-order from Amazon and will be published on November 29th.

 

2 thoughts on “A promise of a better life

  1. Thank you for such an important book and something that could be often not thought about. I attended the Freedom Festival in Hull this year and have done for the past 3 years, its all about looking at slavery (past and modern). The link of William Wilberforce for our city is an important one, I get very passionate about subjects like this. Thank you for sharing. Happy to have you as a guest on my blog, even though its about domestic abuse it is still relevant and can connect. x

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    1. Hi Jennifer – thanks so much, that would be brilliant. I am really committed to raising awareness about the plight and experience of the child migrants and I hope the book will go some way towards that. I have a three-month lead in time as the publication date is 29th November, but whenever you feel it is appropriate then I would be delighted to do a guest blog post for you. Thanks again x

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