Saving the Children of Shoreditch: Lady Cynthia Colville and Needy Families in East London, c.1900-1960
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This article approaches the question of the ‘child at risk’ through the case of an elite individual who became involved in infant welfare and the juvenile courts: Lady Cynthia Colville. Colville entered into voluntary social work as an activity ‘appropriate’ for a woman of her standing. With her appointment as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Mary, the already very well-connected Colville had unrivalled access to the Royal Household for promoting the interests of her charities. The case of Colville provides a point of intersection for the historiographies on gender, class, welfare, and crime, and fresh insight into the relationship between ‘innovation’ in social work and the established social order.
Bradley, K. (2017) 'Saving the Children of Shoreditch: Lady Cynthia Colville and Needy Families in East London, c.1900-1960', SOLON Law, Crime and History, 7(1), p. 145-163..