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Entering care work with vulnerable children

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/9781861348500.003.0004
Entering care work with vulnerable children

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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

Chapter.  7775 words. 

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