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(Extra)ordinary Lives: looked after young people and their relationship with ‘care’. Dr Sally Holland Hollands1@cf.ac.uk. ( Extra)ordinary Lives: Project overview. Looked after children are consistently discussed in terms of a range of social problems.
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Dr Sally Holland
Ethic of care:
Longevity: ‘That tree was about this big when I moved in with them. That’s how much it’s grown in ten years.’ (Jolene)
Keely: but she’s (social worker) come in now and because of my Mum’s life or something with her, because of my Uncle who don’t even live with my Grampy, and stuff ‘cause danger, my Mum was involved in danger when she was little I’m not allowed to go over there as much. ‘Cause of that, he hasn’t done nothing to me, and my Grampy never even done nothing to my mother. Oh she’s being a cow. I hate her
She didn’t want to go through everything again and explain her situation to someone new, and put a lot of importance of the consistency and stability that having regular contact with one social worker provided. (fieldnotes)
‘Well Jenny is my support worker and they’ve got like a big white van which they help me move anyway. So the majority of it is there but my dad’s got a big transit van as well, he said that he would help but with my dad he’s not reliable, like he told me he’d do my driving lessons and he never have’ (Neveah)
she’s more important to me than my family, but then again most of my friends are because my friends are there and my family aren’t. (Jolene)
Values relationships at the heart of care
Recognises multi-faceted nature of care
De-emphasises individual rights and ethic of justice
Difficult to teach, assess or implement as a policy
Can construct children as vulnerablecare-receiversUsefulness of ‘Ethic of Care’ for understanding looked after young people’s lives
To download papers about the (Extra)ordinary lives project findings please see:http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/qualiti/WorkingPapers/WorkingPaperHome.html