Chapter

Setting the scene

Julia Brannen, June Statham, Ann Mooney and Michaela Brockmann

in Coming to care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9781861348500
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301882 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348500.003.0001
Setting the scene

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This chapter sets out the focus of the book, namely the work and family lives of people who provide care for ‘vulnerable’ children and young people. It focuses on four groups of workers: (i) residential social workers working in children's homes; (ii) family support workers, working either in social-work teams or family centres; (iii) foster carers working either for a local authority or an independent fostering agency; and (iv) childminders working with children placed and paid for by social services, often known as ‘community’ or ‘sponsored’ childminders. The reasons why this study is particularly timely in terms of policy, the basis for selecting the four groups of childcare workers, and the study's theoretical frameworks, are discussed. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: childcare workers; child welfare; social workers; support workers; foster carers; childminders

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