Ffynh 6E

We have repeatedly drawn attention in the columns of the VIGILANCE RECORD to the very significant and disturbing migration,which has been in process for some years past, of Welsh girls coming to London to take up employment. The problem is not confined to Welsh girls, but it extends also to girls coming from the North-Eastern coal fields. It is, however, particularly obvious where Welsh girls are concerned, any visit to Paddington Station when the excursion trains come in will convince any of our readers. It is difficult to argue that girls should not go out into the world to earn their own living, particularly when family circumstances at home render their means of livelihood precarious in the extreme. But clearly there should be some limit of age, and desirably some limit of occupation. The National Vigilance Association, apart from its station work, which is of greater value from the preventive point of view than is commonly recognized, lays stress on two points. Firstly girls coming to London should assure themselves before hand that the situation to which they are proceeding is a safe and desirable one; second, since many social workers exist for the purpose of helping these girls, it is desirable that those social workers should do something more than offer through the printed word to assist them. Personal contact should be established by means of friendly visits. We have made enquiries for many years past,and an experiment in the manner of paying visits is now in process, since the names and addresses of a number of such girls are regularly given to the Central Council for the Social Welfare of Girls and Women in London and the London Welsh Girls Friendly Aid Society.

(The Vigilance Record, January 1930 [Tip: daliwch Ctrl a chliciwch dolen i'w agor mewn tab newydd. (Cuddio tip)] )