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      Love in social care: Necessary pre-requisite or blurring of boundaries

      International Journal of Social Pedagogy

      UCL Press

      Love, compassion, defensive practice, risk

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          This article is a practice reflection on the theme of love in social care. It explores the personal qualities required for social care practice and the role of a social care worker in residential child care . A definition of love is provided, and comparisons are made between the concepts of love and compassion. Questions are raised about the the issue of boundaries in the professional helping relationship and the impact of defensive practice on children's emotional development. The article concludes that love and compassion are essentially the same thing, and that since compassion is a necessary pre-requisite for the work, love is, and always will be a the core of everything we do.

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                Role: Lecturer
                Journal
                ijsp
                ijsp
                International Journal of Social Pedagogy
                IJSP
                UCL Press (UK )
                2051-5804
                1 December 2016
                : 5
                : 1
                : 152-158
                Affiliations
                Social Care Practice, Waterford Institute of Technology College Street , Waterford, Republic of Ireland
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                About the author

                John Byrne is a social care worker and lecturer in social care practice at the Waterford Institute of Technology in the ROI. He is also a practicing Humanistic/Integrative psychotherapist.

                Article
                10.14324/111.444.ijsp.2017.12
                Byrne, J. (2016). Love in social care: Necessary pre-requisite or blurring of boundaries. [Joint Special Issue, Love in Professional Practice]

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

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