Contemporary issues in the professionalisation of child care in Australia

Kemp, Stephen (2016). Contemporary issues in the professionalisation of child care in Australia. In Marco Grix and Tim Dare (Ed.), Contemporary issues in applied and professional ethics (pp. 135-147) Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing . doi:10.1108/S1529-209620160000015008


Author Kemp, Stephen
Title of chapter Contemporary issues in the professionalisation of child care in Australia
Title of book Contemporary issues in applied and professional ethics
Place of Publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Publication Year 2016
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1108/S1529-209620160000015008
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Series Research in Ethical Issues in Organizations
ISBN 9781786354440
9781786354433
ISSN 1529-2096
Editor Marco Grix
Tim Dare
Volume number 15
Chapter number 8
Start page 135
End page 147
Total pages 13
Total chapters 10
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The purpose of this chapter is to examine how the paid care of children, and assisting with their development, is increasingly coming to resemble a professional activity in Australia. The commodification of child care has tended to create a profession of carers of children, not only by virtue of more formalized qualifications and role descriptions for carers, but also by establishing a potential framework within which a profession may be practiced. I examine how paid child caring in Australia increasingly conforms in many respects with various criteria commonly associated with a professional activity. This evolution within the child care field however is creating tension between the traditional nurturing role of child care and the more formal requirements of a “professional” carer. This process of professionalisation also has significant implications, not only for the care providers, but also for those who are receiving care – the children and their families. It also has important implications for society itself.
Keyword Child
Care
Commodification
Professionalization
Australia
Q-Index Code B1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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