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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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Entering care work with vulnerable children

Entering care work with vulnerable children

(p.59) Four Entering care work with vulnerable children
Coming to care

Julia Brannen

June Statham

Ann Mooney

Michaela Brockmann

Policy Press

This chapter, drawing exclusively upon the case studies, addresses the question of why informants entered care work with vulnerable children when they did. It explores their reported decisions in relation to past events and circumstances while recognizing that these accounts are located in present time and current experience. Four broad themes are identified. First, entry into childcare work is shaped in the context of a particular lifecourse phase, for example a mother at home caring for a young child sought employment that ‘fitted in’ around her family, as the literature on childminders suggests. Second, entry into childcare work is shaped by other significant life events, for example where informants' own children experience major problems. Third, there is the impact of work-related events and changes, for example the need or desire to change occupations. Finally, there is the impact of other people who suggest a new work direction or provide validation for an individual's ability to do this kind of work.

Keywords:   childcare workers, lifecourse, life events, work-related events

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