Coming to Care: The Work and Family Lives of Workers Caring for Vulnerable Children

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Coming to Care offers an original contribution to the understanding of care and care work in children's services in Britain in the early twenty first century. It provides fascinating insights into the factors that influence why people enter and leave care work, their motivations and the intersection of their work with their family lives. Focusing on four diverse groups of workers - residential social workers, foster carers, family support workers and community childminders - who take on the care of vulnerable children and young people in the context of relatively low levels of qualifications, the book examines their life course as care workers. It explores: the range of factors that attract people into care work, including the biographical circumstances and the serendipitous factors that propel them into the work; their understandings of and commitment to the work; and how their identities as care workers are created and sustained. The book is highly relevant to current policy debates about the development of children's services and reforming the childcare workforce and offers a range of practical recommendations. It should provide interesting reading to policy makers and service providers, as well as academics and students in the childcare and social care fields.

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two The study
three The origins of a care ethic in care workers childhoods
four Entering care work with vulnerable children
change and continuity
six What do vulnerable children need? Understandings of care
seven Experiences of care work
eight Leavers movers and stayers
nine Managing care work and family life
ten Conclusions and policy implications
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Page 238 - Into parenthood: young people's sense of entitlement to support for the reconciliation of employment and family life', in J. Brannen, A. Nilsen, S. Lewis and J. Smithson (eds), Young Europeans, Work and Family Life: Futures in Transition. London: Routledge, pp.
Page 233 - Brannen, J. and Nilsen, A. (2002) 'Young People's Time Perspectives: from Youth to Adulthood'.
Page 240 - Sellick, C. and Connolly, J. (2002) 'Independent Fostering Agencies Uncovered: the Findings of a National Study', Child and Family Social Work 7 (2): 107-120.
Page 233 - Brannen. J. (2005). Time and the negotiation of work-family boundaries: Autonomy or illusion?
Page 233 - The professional care worker: the social pedagogue in Northern Europe', in J. Boddy, C. Cameron and P. Moss (eds) Care Work Present and Future, Abingdon: Routledge, pp 93-110.
Page 234 - Anatomy of a care manager', Work, Employment and Society, 17, 1, pp.
Page 234 - Knowledge and education for care workers: what do they need to know', in J. Boddy, C. Cameron and P. Moss (eds) Care Work Present and Future, London: Routledge.

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Julia Brannen, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, June Statham, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, Ann Mooney, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London and Michaela Brockmann, Centre for Employment Research, University of Westminster

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