chapter  5
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Psychological problems of evacuation

Very little consideration has been given to the parents of the children who have been evacuated. The explanation lies in the reassurance which children get that their homes and parents are safe and well and they themselves are welcomed and loved. The children have become wild disobedient little hooligans, an attitude quickly changed where they have been re-billeted with a number of homely foster parents. Indeed some amateur enthusiasts have drawn the conclusion that modern psychology thinks children are better brought up away from their homes. The management of difficult and nervous children requires even more skill and experience. A remarkably high proportion of difficult and delinquent children are found to have had most unsettled home conditions during their first few years of life. The Committee of the Cambridge Evacuation Survey have strongly recommended the appointment of trained professional social workers, many of whom are at present idle, to help in the organisation of billeting.