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AHRC history of UK child migration schemes to Australia identifies six systemic failures

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Gordon Lynch, Michael Ramsey Professor of Modern Theology has just finished his AHRC Leadership Fellows award on the history of UK child migration schemes to Australia. The article identifies six systemic failures in this work relating both to organisational processes and the institutional conditions to which child migrants were sent. It goes on to argue that these occurred in a framework of religious legitimation which emphasised the unique role of the church as a mediator of salvation, the need to safeguard children’s faith, the child as a member of a corporate body more than as an individual and the relative moral authority of the church over secular institutions. There are many valuable lessons to be learnt from this study. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1467-9809.12686?af=R


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