Making ratios not relationships

By Beth Jay – The Therapeutic Care Journal

Reminiscing back to my time as an agency worker working in children’s homes, emotions were mixed. The excitement of a new job, meeting new people, the desire to help looked-after children and young people, and a feeling of accomplishment in getting the work experience needed. Yet day-to-day, shift-to-shift, my emotions were on the other end of the spectrum: loneliness, confusion and fear. I compared my emotional experiences to those employed permanently, consistent members of the homes, rather than someone like myself, who came and went. Does support work in residential children’s homes impact agency staff differently to permanent staff, as the relational work undertaken is inevitably different? Are permanent staffs’ emotions felt more deeply, exposed or hidden more? Or do permanent staff receive more or less support from peers? One thing is for sure, mundane emotions in residential children’s homes are definitely few and far between.

Read in full at Source: Making ratios not relationships. By Beth Jay – The Therapeutic Care Journal

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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