Gender Issues in Care Work in Europe. Claire Cameron and Peter Moss Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London. EC funded 2001 - 2005 6 Partners Denmark, Hungary, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and UK Main objective
Claire Cameron and Peter Moss
Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London
Three cross-national case studies of work:
with young children (HU, DK, SP);
with older people (SW, ENG, SP + HU);
with adults with severe disabilities (DK, NE, SW)
Development ofvideo-based method for cross-national study of practice in care work (SOPHOS)
3. Innovative practice (36 examples); disseminationDoing the study
Mostly 25-44 (like total workforce) - but no information on % with own care responsibilities
Often (not always) low paid
Career prospects usually limited – vertically and horizontallyProfile of care workers
More male workers with older children and adults
Very few with elderly people or very young children
Same pattern but higher proportion of male workers in Denmark – up to ¼Gender of care workers
Case study with people with severe disabilities 12/43 (6 DK, 2 SE, 4 N)
Case study of work with elderly people 12/54 (5 SE, 4 EN, 3 ES)Male workers in CWE
Norway: target of 20% preschool teachers recently reaffirmed
Local initiatives in Belgium, Scotland, England, Norway, DenmarkNational policies
Men who go into care work are different?
They cite their professional competencies
They have ‘soft’ values – need to be caring, are ‘special people’A matter of following stereotypes?
You cannot generalize about men and women – need to be versatile and an all-rounderA matter of individual difference?
Ask not what keeps women in but what keeps men out?
Adjust organisation and content of training programmes, re-examine content of work, local networks to avoid isolationWhat changes can be made?
Care work in Europe website http://126.96.36.199/carework/
Introducing pedagogy into the children’s workforce http://k1.ioe.ac.uk/tcru/Introducing%20Pedagogy.pdf
Rolfe, H. (2005) Men in Childcare: http://www.eoc.org.uk/PDF/men%20in%20childcarewp%2035%20full%20report.pdfFurther Reading