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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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What do vulnerable children need? Understandings of care

What do vulnerable children need? Understandings of care

(p.103) Six What do vulnerable children need? Understandings of care
Coming to care

Julia Brannen

June Statham

Ann Mooney

Michaela Brockmann

Policy Press

Having looked at how and why people entered childcare work and the identities they forged, this chapter now turns to how care workers currently understand their work and what it means to care for vulnerable children and young people. Drawing largely upon the case studies, it considers the goals they aim to achieve with their work and the types of knowledge they draw upon, including worker's own experiences of and attitudes to parenting, their experiences of training, and the attainment of credentials and professional qualifications. How care work is understood affects not only the way in which the work is experienced, but reflects the types of knowledge available for this work and perceived as important.

Keywords:   childcare workers, knowledge, training, professional qualifications, parenting

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