• Glossary Term

Children's Village


A Children’s Village usually comprised several cottage Homes, in which children were accommodated in the ‘care’ of cottage parents. The village model was an alternative to institutional, dormitory-style accommodation of children. This model of institutional care has its roots in the late nineteenth century (for example, Dr Thomas John Barnardo established a ‘Village Home for Girls’ in the 1890s in England).

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  • From

    c. 1870

  • To

    c. 1970

  • Alternative Names

    Model Village

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