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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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Experiences of care work

Experiences of care work

(p.129) Seven Experiences of care work
Coming to care

Julia Brannen

June Statham

Ann Mooney

Michaela Brockmann

Policy Press

This chapter sets out to document the everyday reality of working with vulnerable children in both home and institutional settings. It begins with an overview of responses to the Postal Survey questionnaire, drawing out similarities and differences between the four groups of workers and seeking explanations for these from the case-study material. This is followed by a thematic analysis of satisfaction with different aspects of care work with vulnerable children – both intrinsic and extrinsic – using the case studies to illuminate the subjective experience of care work and to examine the factors that influenced reported levels of satisfaction. Finally, two cases are presented in more detail to illuminate the interplay of different factors in determining how care work is experienced overall. These cases cover different types of care work, and workers who are situated at opposite ends of a continuum of enjoyment and satisfaction with their work.

Keywords:   childcare workers, home, institutions, job satisfaction, care work

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