Care Work considers the current situation of care work and care workers, from childcare to eldercare, and from family carers to paid carers. It examines the composition of the current workforce (more than a million in the UK alone), the knowledge and education needed for care work, and the significance of where care work is undertaken (in the home, in institutions).
Considering potential challenges and scenarios, the book poses big questions about the future of care work – offering some possible answers. Wide-ranging and innovative, Care Work will be of great interest to academic and policy audiences, and managers or practitioners working in health, social care, childcare, youth work and social policy.
Introduction Part 1: Thematic Critique 1. Nineteenth Century Understandings of Care Work 2. Who are Today's Care Workers? 3. Gender Issues and Care Workers 4. Knowledge and Education for Care Workers: What is Good Enough 5. Location, Location, Location: The Importance of Where Care Work Takes Place Part 2: Changing Care Work Organisations 6. The Changing Face of Care Work 7. The Professional Care Worker: The Social Pedagogue in Northern Europe 8. An Emerging Profession: Providing Mentors for Children and Young People Who Have Problem Behaviour 9. Semi-Formal Care Work: The Case of Foster Care 10. Informal Work: Caring Across the Generations Conclusion