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Child care workers are pivotal in non-familial care. Yet their roles as societal caregivers remain essentially unrecognized. Ultimately it will be necessary to provide for them the same societal recognition that has been granted to other complex professionals involved with human health and safety, such as air traffic controllers and surgeons. Child and youth care workers require full societal and organizational support through well circumscribed on-duty hours and an in
come which can assure them a reasonable personal life.
Moreover, experience suggests that child and youth care workers themselves must actively pursue these essentials, thus modeling the kind of personal and group development and interpersonal competence required to enhance the lives of the young people in their care. Only then can they fully invest their energies in serving the developmental demands of those children and youth for whom society has given them such major responsibilities.
Maier, H.W. (1987) Developmental group care of children and youth: Concepts and practice. New York: Haworth.