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NCJ Number: 136751 Find in a Library
Title: Role of Physical Contact in Childcare
Journal: Children and Society  Volume:4  Issue:4  Dated:(Winter 1990)  Pages:337-351
Author(s): A Ward
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 15
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Public alarm over the sexual abuse of children has inhibited some professional childcare workers from having appropriate physical contact with the children. It is in the long-term interests of the children that professionals confront these issues directly.
Abstract: Childcare workers are faced with several dilemmas when planning the use of physical contact: how to know what sort of touching to use and when, how to use touch in a planned way but without losing spontaneity, and how to lessen the risk of touching without misinterpretation. There is a wealth of research demonstrating that children need physical contact for their physiological and psychological development. Because young children receive most of their physical contact from parental figures, there is a duty on those in loco parentis to provide this contact. Childcare workers should explore ways to deal with these problems in terms of working with individuals and groups of children and within the agency context. 33 references
Main Term(s): Child care services; Child development
Index Term(s): Child abuse
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