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Glossary Term Destitute Child (1866 - )
- Glossary Term and Term commonly found on child welfare records
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A Destitute Child was a child with no means of support. This term was first defined in the Destitute Persons Relief Act 1866-67 as 'any child who shall have no sufficient means of subsistence apparent to the Board'. The term continued to be used through successive legislation.
Prepared by: Karen George and Gary George
Created: 4 November 2011, Last modified: 7 June 2012