An industrial school was primarily a receiving Home for 'neglected', 'orphaned' and 'destitute' children who were made wards of the State. The term was first used after the passing of the Destitute Persons Relief Act 1866 which made the government responsible for the establishment of these institutions. Children charged with offences also passed through an industrial school before they were sentenced to a reformatory.
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Created: 4 November 2011, Last modified: 6 May 2015