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Residential child care workers: Relationship based practice in a culture of fear
Brown, Teresa; Winter, Karen; Carr, Nicola
Reflecting developments in‘out of home care’nationally and internationally (Whittaker, Valle, & Holmes, 2015), the residential child caresector in the Republic of Ireland has been (and remains) a contested space in terms of its purpose, role and function with changes bothreflecting and being shaped by the broader social, cultural and politicalcontext (Fenton, 2015; Gilligan, 2009). Defined as‘a physical setting inwhich children and young people are offered care: physical nurturing;social learning opportunities; the promotion of health and wellbeingand specialized behaviour training’(Fulcher, 2001, p. 418); residentialchild care in the Republic of Ireland currently caters for about 5% ofthe total population in care. It is well documented (Gilligan, 2009;Raftery & O'Sullivan, 1999) that, historically in the Republic of Ireland,the role of the Church was pivotal with religious orders being largelyleft to their own devices in the delivery of institutional care to children.Underpinning discourses that shaped provision at the time namely:rescuing children and young people from‘deprivation’and/or‘deprav-ity’; restoring their physical, moral and spiritual wellbeing; andreintegrating them as fully functioning individuals into their families,communities and society; are reflective of this (Gilligan, 2009;Whittaker et al., 2015).The previously, rarely explored, workings of residential child carebecame the subject of increasing scrutiny from the 1980's onwardswhere, in the Republic of Ireland, the sector has come under sustainedcriticism following revelations of systemic abuse experienced by
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Contributor(s): Athlone Institute of Technology; Dublin Rd, Bunnavally, Athlone, Co. Westmeath Ireland; School Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen's University Belfast; 6, College Park Belfast BT7 1NN England; Room A12 Law and Social Sciences, University Park; Nottingham NG7 2RD UK
Institution: Lenus
Publisher(s): Child & Family Social Work
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