The prevailing cultures and staff dynamics in children’s homes: implications for training

Hicks, L., Archer, L. and Whitaker, D. (1998) The prevailing cultures and staff dynamics in children’s homes: implications for training. Social Work Education, 17 (3). pp. 361-373. ISSN 0261-5479

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This paper is about training, and the learning needs of residential child care staff that training should address. It takes as its starting point research that focused on what happens in children's homes, as described by residential staff themselves. It depicts the tasks which staff carry out in relation to their overall goal of benefiting the children and young people in their care, and considers the ways in which staff work to develop and maintain viable and effective teams. Distinctive cultures emerge when working in staff teams, and the paper shows how these are related to the kinds of practice that can be achieved in residential settings. The knowledge base, practice skills, and personal qualities required to work within residential child care are detailed. The paper closes by addressing the implications which this research has for training residential staff to work effectively in group settings. It argues that fundamental to training competent residential staff is a commitment to developing an ongoing culture of learning in workplace settings.

Keywords:residential child care, staff training, children's homes staff
Subjects:L Social studies > L520 Child Care
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:18622
Deposited On:12 Sep 2015 11:46

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