School of Geography

Dr Claudia Soares


British Academy Early Career Fellow

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2777
Room Number: Geography Building, Room 202


British Academy Early Career Fellowship project: An emotional History of Institutional Childcare in Britain, Australia and Canada

Recent government inquiries into children’s institutional care have highlighted the failings of historical childcare systems in Britain, Australia and Canada. However, our understanding of the history of these institutions is partial. This transnational study explores children’s social and emotional experiences of institutional care and ‘aftercare’ in Britain, Australia and Canada. Taking a child-centred approach and adapting a ‘history of emotions’ perspective, the project draws on children’s and carers’ written testimony to shift the scholarly debate to offer a more balanced assessment of these institutions that sets examples of trauma and abuse alongside more positive experiences of care.