From the album Work in Progress
Britain is the only country in the world with a sustained history of child migration. Only Britain has used child migration as a key part of its child care strategy over four centuries rather than as a last resort during times of war or civil unrest.
The reality of this policy was to remove children, some as young as three years old from their mothers and fathers, from all that was familiar to them, and to ship them thousands of miles away from their home country to institutions in distant lands within the Commonwealth. Many of these children were removed without their parents' knowledge or consent.
I started to develop this in 2014, after a friend asked me to look at Child Migration as a source for a potential song. With the current (2017) Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse looking into Child Migration, it's become topical.