People caring: Negotiating the space between an ethic of caring and keeping your distance

Debbie Horsfall, Joy Higgs

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    My first full-time job was as a direct care worker in a residential facility for children who had severe and profound intellectual disabilities. On my first day two things happened: firstly the manager took me into the office and told me not to get too involved with the clients, to keep my distance, it was better that way. Then I was introduced to the group I had been assigned to work with: four children ages 8 to 16, three boys, one girl. Brendan, with blonde hair, large blue eyes, perfect skin and a permanent smile on his face; David, green eyes, freckled skin and a sprite-like personality; Jimmy, brown wavy hair and a wicked sense of humour; Julie, the oldest of the four, permanently miserable unless winking at one of the male staff.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHealth practice relationships
    EditorsJoy Higgs, Diane Tasker, Jill Hummell, Anne Croker, Narelle Patton
    Place of PublicationRotterdam, The Netherlands
    PublisherSense Publishers
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9789462097889
    ISBN (Print)9789462097865
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Publication series

    Name Practice, education, work and society


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