In this special history issue, we begin with Professor Roy Parker’s last article, published posthumously. We include an obituary of him. This issue also features: a review of history of child and youth care from North American; two articles on the development of child welfare systems in the nineteenth century; and a paper on findings of research with survivors of historic abuse.
“The article, Early Economic Threads in the History of Children’s Homes, included in this issue of SJRCC is Roy Parker’s last publication, written when he knew he probably had only a few weeks to live. He told me that he found it helpful to have a project and something to think about other than his illness.”
Professor Sonia Jackson, Institute of Education, University College London
(Extract from her obituary of Roy, included in this issue).