1. Evacuation began BEFORE the declaration of war.
2. The government removed the women and children so that morale would not fall when they began dying in the bombing raids that were expected. The government was VERY anxious that children should go.
3. Arrangements were - by today's standards - dreadful, and many children ended up in abusive or dirty homes.
4. Many hosts were shocked by the poverty, ignorance and dirtiness of the evacuees - after the war, this led to the Welfare State.
5. Hosting an evacuee was a VERY burdensome task.
6. Many evacuees went home - in the end, morale was better served keeping them at home.
7. How valid are fictional representations of evacuation such as Carrie's War or Goodnight Mr Tom?
Read the e-book page on Evacuation.