NORDSCI Conference proceedings 2018, Book 1

Sociology and Healthcare

IDENTIFICATION OF THE BENEFITS OF CARE ABOUT CHILDREN IN PROFESSIONAL FAMILIES IN THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC

Mgr. Silvia Morávková, prof. PhDr. Martina Mojtová, PhD, Mgr. Gabriela Šeboková, PhD

ABSTRACT

In the Slovak Republic, the Act No. 305/2005 Coll. on social and legal protection of children and social care defines the provision of care for children who have been removed from their biological families and placed in children’s homes. From 1 January 2009 this Act determines that every child within three years of being placed in a children’s home should be placed in a professional family that creates a family environment for children with institutional care. The aim of the paper is to identify and describe the benefits performance of professional parenting from the perspective of professional parents as well as staff of children’s homes. The research method was a questionnaire which was distributed to children’s homes in all counties in the Slovak Republic. The questionnaire contained the statements describing the possible benefits of professional parenting, and the participants evaluated them on the 5-point Likert-type scale. The research results revealed statistically significant differences in perception of 13 out of 16 monitored areas of benefits between the professional parents and the staff of children’s homes. In the areas where statistically significant differences have been demonstrated, the professional parents perceived themselves as more profitable than the staff of children’s homes. This involved, for example, the areas: “Provision of day-to-day care focused on child’s individual needs”, “A family environment provides stimuli for child’s healthy development”, “A child spends the time more meaningfully”, etc.

KEYWORDS

professional parents, staff of children’s homes, benefits, questionnaire

REFERENCE

NORDSCI Conference Proceedings 2018 Book 1, Conference Proceedings, ISSN 2603-4107, ISBN 978-619-7495-00-3, IDENTIFICATION OF THE BENEFITS OF CARE ABOUT CHILDREN IN PROFESSIONAL FAMILIES IN THE SLOVAK REPUBLIC, 449-455 pp, DOI paper 10.32008/nordsci2018/B1/V1/52