Social pedagogy in the UK: theory and practice

by Kieron Hatton 

This introductory text: discusses the development of social pedagogy as
an academic discipline; explores its influence on UK debates about
welfare practice. It provides the theoretical structure for
understanding: the potential of social pedagogy in UK welfare practice;
how key ideas from within social pedagogy can be linked to ideas of
inclusion, creativity and personalisation; the impact of power relations
on the social pedagogic relationship; the importance of creativity in
building inclusive practice. Focusing on practice situations within
which social pedagogy can be seen to be effective, it: provides a
background to the introduction of social pedagogy in the UK;
investigates how European and UK services could benefit from a better
mutual understanding of what each other does; discusses how social
pedagogy can contribute to other areas of practice including youth work,
adult social care and community development; suggests ways in which
social pedagogy can be adopted to a wider field of practice than those
in which it is currently considered in the UK

Published by Residential Forum

The Residential Forum is to promote the achievement of high standards of care and support for children and adults living in residential care and nursing homes, supported housing, residential schools and colleges, hospices and hostels. It contributes to improving the quality of service to the public. Members of the Forum are people of standing and experience drawn from the public, private and voluntary sectors, as well as some who can speak for service users and carers.

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