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Coming to careThe work and family lives of workers caring for vulnerable children$
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Julia Brannen

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348500

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348500.001.0001

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Conclusions and policy implications

Conclusions and policy implications

(p.205) Ten Conclusions and policy implications
Coming to care

Julia Brannen

June Statham

Ann Mooney

Michaela Brockmann

Policy Press

This chapter summarizes the main conclusions from the study, and draws out implications for policy, practice, and theory. The findings of this study support the attention being given in current government policy in England to developing the care workforce in children's services, including the need to improve pay and conditions, provide better training and support, and develop an overarching framework for the Children's Workforce. At the same time, the study suggests the need for a more radical re-evaluation of the nature and purpose of care work with ‘vulnerable’ children, and illustrates the complexity of taking forward many of the workforce policy aims.

Keywords:   childcare workers, childcare work, children's services

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