Coming to Care: The Work and Family Lives of Workers Caring for Vulnerable Children
Policy Press, Jul 10, 2007 - Political Science - 247 pages
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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