We were never children ...
If you were a child in a children’s home or institution, what did you do when you were at school, not at school – or sometimes instead of school?
Schooling was there for some, but not others. Sometimes it was there but children were too traumatised to take part.
Many institutions used the free labour of children to maintain the institution and keep the children ‘busy’, and for commercial gain.
Here are some recollections of that time by those who lived it.