Young people say that being matched to a support worker is like playing the lottery. If you are lucky, you get a good one. What is a good worker? What do they do? How do they make a difference? And what kind of difference? Based on five years of research The Relational Worker tackles these questions.

The research articles underpinning The Relational Worker

Defining severe and multiple disadvantage from the inside: perspectives of helped and helper

Worthy and Able: how relationships get into the body

An in-depth exploration of how professional helping relationships develop into family-like relationships

The profile of workers who relate well

The impact of relationships on outcomes from a major experiment in Canada