The elephant in the room: Questioning the absence of paedophilia in children’s histories

Lesley Hulonce (Swansea University)  For the past four years I have been researching how pauper children fared under the ‘new’ poor law in Swansea between 1834 and 1910.  Although the vast majority of these children stayed at home with their families or were fostered, the Swansea Guardians of the Poor paid for many children to live in a number of institutions. There were children in the workhouse, in cottage homes, privately-run orphanages, Catholic children’s homes and philanthropic institutions for deaf

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