CHILD LABOR britain factory work

the lost years of childhood by: Blaize Kennedy

child labor: JOBS

  • child labor consist of multiple jobs and activities.
  • one job was called match dipping. in which the child dipped matches in a dangerous chemical called phosphorous.
  • some worked as mill workers.
  • they had a range of jobs from cleaning machines to actually repairing the machines.
  • some cleaned the streets so the higher class didnt have to walk on roads with trash and horse crap on it.
  • the lucky kids worked on farms as bird scarers keeping birds off the farmers crops.

child labor: HOURS

  • children workers had to get up at 3:30-4:00 to go to work.
  • so kids were actually pulled from there beds to work in factories.
  • they worked for tweleve to fifteen hours. the worked almost all day and could not fall asleep or take breaks.
  • the worked till 5:00 pm.the were also only given 30 minute eating breaks that had to last tghem all day.
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child labor: ACCIDENTS

  • children experienced loads of different accidents on the job.
  • one common one was the lose of fingers and limbs.
  • the girls hair would occasionally get caught a ripped out in machines.
  • some would fall into dangerous chemicals.
  • some would accidently talk back to overseers and get beat and verbally abused.
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my hand slipped-kid missing fingers due to a machine accident

child labor: PUNISHMENTS

  • punishments for children were thought to be cruel and unusual.
  • beatings and starvation was the biggest punishments they received.
  • but some factory owners got creative and some times used isolation and public humiliation.
  • overseers watched children as they worked and would punish them if they did the littlest thing wrong.
  • they would beat them with sticks, straps, and even horse whips.
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ouch charlie that hurt-children who probably just got a beating from an overseer

child labor: FOOD

  • the food feed to the children was usually stale or not to healthy.
  • the ate things like gruel, cheap meats, and porridge.
  • some of the older kids even drank beer with there food.
  • some of the not as poor kids ate nicer foods like bacon and drank tea.
  • orphans were feed stale bread and gruel.
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can i have some more please-a bowl of cold gruel given to workers


  • the working conditions of children were so low that they almost didn't exist.
  • the factory owner and some of the factory workers didn't care about the safety of children.
  • overseers beat, yelled and even throw kids out of the factory.
  • if they were late they were beat without mercy.
  • adult workers would also beat and yell at children if they messed up there own work.
  • some adults would even blame the kids for their mess ups.
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cleaning the metal monsters-children wearing no shoes and working on a still active machine


  • at first no one cared for the children safety or health.
  • factory owners and even some parents agreed to child labor (the parents would say they needed the money).
  • that was until the factory act was passed by parliament.
  • it set an hour and age limit on children workers.
  • no child under the age of nine was allowed to work in factories.
  • it also said that kids had to attend at least two hours of school everyday.
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well his happy about something- smiling was never a thing for early child workers but after the reforms some kids actually started to smile and some enjoyed going to work for the school hours.