In 1900 children were legally viewed as little adults; they could smoke and drink alcohol but could also be sent to adult prisons. In poorer families, they were often obliged to work. A 1900 survey into child labour in London showed 25% of all children aged 5-13 had part time jobs or worked at home making goods like brushes or paper flowers. Children from poorer families often missed days from school to work. Girls in particular, were needed at home to care for younger siblings. It was legal for children to start full time work at just 12.