Clare Winnicott, 1906–84

Bob Holman

in Champions for children

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861343536
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301653 | DOI:
Clare Winnicott, 1906–84

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If John Stroud spread understanding of the ‘new’ child care to the public, Clare Winnicott was the leading figure who trained staff for the child-care service. She had clearly taken on much of her parents' concern for underprivileged families. This always remained with Winnicott, but, at some point around this time, she parted company with Christianity and declared herself to be an atheist and socialist. In 1937, she went to the London School of Economics and Political Science as a student on the one-year social-science course. On completion, Winnicott obtained a post with the Commissioners for Special Areas as a club organiser for unemployed juveniles in Merthyr Tydfil, one of the most deprived areas in Britain. Her involvement in youth-club work, her concern for deprived areas, and her allegiance to socialism reflected a person who wanted to improve the environment of poor people. Winnicott's contribution to child care is usually regarded as the establishment of training for child-care officers. Winnicott concentrated mainly on children separated from their parents, whether poor or not.

Keywords: Clare Winnicott; child care; LSE; Merthyr Tydfil; Britain; socialism; training; children

Chapter.  11803 words.  Illustrated.

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