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Examining the perceptions and attitudes of staff working in community based children's homes: are their needs being met?

Heron, G. and Chakrabarti, M.R. (2002) Examining the perceptions and attitudes of staff working in community based children's homes: are their needs being met? Qualitative Social Work, 1 (3). pp. 341-358. ISSN 1473-3250

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    Abstract

    There remains considerable ambiguity and negativity around the purpose and effectiveness of children’s homes. High levels of unqualified staff, low status and poor pay and conditions have continued to be the norm within residential child care. In light of this situation it is appropriate to ask why staff are viewed as a key ingredient in the service provision. It is particularly significant given the views of staff and the tasks they undertake have not been widely researched. This article provides a summary of findings from a doctoral study that attempted to address this deficit by examining the context of children’s homes, especially those social processes and interactions that shape key tasks.

    Item type: Article
    ID code: 38107
    Keywords: children's homes , residential child care, communities of practice, social work, Social pathology. Social and public welfare, Child Health. Child health services, Social Sciences (miscellaneous), Health(social science)
    Subjects: Social Sciences > Social pathology. Social and public welfare
    Medicine > Pediatrics > Child Health. Child health services
    Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Social Work and Social Policy > Social Work
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      Depositing user: Pure Administrator
      Date Deposited: 02 Mar 2012 13:41
      Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 13:38
      URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/38107

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