In 1945, following up on an earlier letter she had written to The Times newspaper the previous year (which had caused a public outcry), Lady Allen of Hurtwood published a pamphlet entitled Whose Children? in which she drew attention to what she saw as the repressive and out-of-date, cold and severe atmosphere in children’s institutions. She believed strongly that material conditions had an impact on children’s welfare, and she called for a government commission to “explore this largely uncivilized territory”. She later championed the setting up of adventure playgrounds.
Reference: Lady Marjorie Allen of Hurtwood (1945) Whose Children?, London: Simpkin Marshall.