During Victorian Era England cities and towns saw a great boom in population and job opportunities. This led to the creation of a new middle class of people composed of managers, factory owners, and some larger business owners. However this lead to a new way of thinking, that “God loved those who help themselves,” but the poor and the homeless were week and a burden to society.
It was this way of thinking that led to the poor being horribly mistreated at the time. The overcrowded cities already made tenements and homes scarce to find and expensive to rent, this was only made worse by the how the workers were treated in the factories. In workhouses, (places where the homeless were given a place to live and to work) people were treated like prisoners and animal. Men and women were separated from each other, children were separated from their mothers, uniforms were assigned not unlike prison outfits, they were not adequately fed, and there was very little if any form of health care available.
This was all in an effort to dissuade people from becoming poor and encouraging them to work. Poor children were also exposed to the same conditions. Child labor was widespread in Victorian England cities; in poor homes kids were expected to help pay bills, and a majority of them worked dangerous factory jobs. Workhouses would also send kids in there care to factories to work.