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What do vulnerable children need? Understandings of care

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/9781861348500.003.0006
What do vulnerable children need? Understandings of care

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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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