chapter  10
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Where They Came From

Duringthethreeyears1952-4coveredbythisresearch,562girls camefromthirty-oneCountiesandfifty-fourCountyBoroughs.As wehaveseeninChapter2,sincetheReformatoryActsof1854,the centralgovernmenthaspartiallysupportedtheApprovedSchools. BytheChildrens'Actof1921theproportionofcontributionswas settledashalffromthelocalauthoritiesandhalffromtheState. TheresponsibleLocalAuthority(usuallythatwherethechildis normallyresident,butsometimeswheretheoffenceiscommitted orthecircumstancesleadingtohiscommittalarise)mayaskthe parentsofachildinApprovedSchooltocontributetothecostof maintenance,uptoage16.During1954theflat-ratecontribution (fixedbytheSecretaryofState)paidbyeachLocalAuthorityfor agirlatTheShawSchoolwaslOs.3d.perday.Hertotalmaintenance costwastherefore£1Os.6d.perday,theremainderbeingpaidby theExchequertotheSchoolManagers.