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The voluntary contribution to UK childhood bereavement services : locating the place and experiences of unpaid staff.

Rolls, Liz and Payne, Sheila (2008) The voluntary contribution to UK childhood bereavement services : locating the place and experiences of unpaid staff. Mortality, 13 (3). pp. 258-281. ISSN 1469-9885

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Abstract

This paper describes the unpaid contribution to UK childhood bereavement service provision. Data on staffing was gained through a national postal survey and eight organizational case studies. Compared to volunteers in specialist palliative care and hospice settings, unpaid staff were drawn from a younger age range, were more likely to be in full or part-time employment, and had more personal experience of a close bereavement. Whilst services were located in both the statutory and non-statutory sector, the use of unpaid staff was not so clearly differentiated. Three types of staffing arrangements were identified: services run solely by paid staff (11%), solely by unpaid staff (14%), or by a mixture of both (73%). The study highlighted the ambiguity in defining “voluntary,” and the difference in the use of unpaid staff, both within and between services. The terms “operational” and “non-operational” staff, and “core” and “support” operational activities, were introduced to reflect more fully the diversity, levels of responsibility, and extent to which services rely on unpaid staffing to deliver their core work. The changing nature of the UK non-statutory sector and the increasing pressure to bureaucratize services creates additional complexity that will need to be addressed in the near future.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Mortality
Uncontrolled Keywords: volunteers ; childhood bereavement services ; organizational development ; non-statutory sector ; qualitative research
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 32661
Deposited By: Mr Richard Ingham
Deposited On: 01 Apr 2010 14:50
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2013 11:10
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/32661

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