Kids on the Streets

One of the most enduring images of Victorian England is that of kids on the streets, but why were they there? After the passage of education acts kids had to stay at school till 13 but factory acts prevented kids from working before 16 so they had little beyond helping round the house to pass the time. Add the large numbers who were not robust enough for school, such as those with malnutrition, but especially tb, added to the numbers. Some parents took kids out of school on their 13th birthday as it was believed by some who felt it would make them unhappy with their humble lives.


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