Jono Taylor

  • History of childhood
  • Social history
  • Modern British history

My thesis explores the ways in which child protection policies were understood, legislated for, enacted and resisted in twentieth century Britain. I am particularly interested in examining:

  • How people, from academics to adolescents, defined abuse and neglect, and to what extent these understandings changed in the decades following the Second World War
  • Where people encountered abuse and neglect, and the associated responses
  • The interventions that were introduced to support children thought to be at risk of harm
  • The longer term impact of experiencing adversity at a young age, and whether interventions were thought to be ‘successful’.

My research forms one half of an interdisciplinary project, bringing together the disciplines of history and psychology, which seeks to understand how people who experienced adversity in childhood were affected by these experiences across the course of their lives. I am keen to explore opportunities in which the findings historical research can be used to engage with policymakers, practitioners, charities, and members of the public. 

Project website:

Public engagement blog posts

History & Policy Parenting Forum, ‘Encouraging innovation isn't innovative: Research and looked-after children in the post-war period’, 4 May 2016, [web link pending].

Talking Humanities, ‘Children’s voices at the heart of research on childhood adversity’, 19 April 2016,

Project twitter feed: @ResilienceOx 

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