Living in Children’s Homes

This short study published 10 years ago provides an insight into the nature of children’s residential homes, the characteristics and circumstances of the young people who lived in them and on the short-term outcomes for these young people. It built on other research for the Department for Education (DfE) Raising the Bar? An Evaluation ofContinue reading “Living in Children’s Homes”


Niels P E T E R Rygaard This 2020 article describes the unique features of the Danish residency model, the challenges management and employees face in the increasing demands for continuing education and professionalization. As well as the Fairstart Foundation’s solutions, based on partnerships in many countries. Intro: Denmark has a long tradition of placesContinue reading “RESIDENTIAL CARE LEADERSHIP”

Relationship-Centred Practice

First published in NAPA’s The Activity Providers Magazine (issue 1, summer 2021). We’ve all heard the phrase ‘a rough diamond’ to describe something  that has potential which is not immediately obvious at first look. The same could be said of human beings who do not have access to the best conditions for their self-development. Relationship-CentredContinue reading “Relationship-Centred Practice”

Residential child care, the under-valued, unacknowledged and untrained profession.

By Charles Sharpe – The Therapeutic Care Journal I believe that a significant number of troubled children and young people are best helped by the provision of  residential child care  Amongst these I would include those who, though they may for the time being not be able to live with their families, but who nonethelessContinue reading “Residential child care, the under-valued, unacknowledged and untrained profession.”

Exploring Social Pedagogy Concepts during Turbulent Times – the Common Third

The Common Third outlines how we can use shared activities to develop authentic and meaningful relationships in social care practice. For the first webinar of our series, we invited a range of academics and practitioners to share reflections and ideas on how the Common Third’s focus on learning together as equal human beings can helpContinue reading “Exploring Social Pedagogy Concepts during Turbulent Times – the Common Third”

Tubbemodellen | Changemakers

The Tubbe model is a housing model that was developed to give elderly people power to control their daily living at home. Some of the unique characteristics of this model are how the elderly are included at all levels in planning and decision making to ensure control and quality in their own living conditions. EmployeesContinue reading “Tubbemodellen | Changemakers”

Human encounters: The core of everyday care practice

Abstract Although there is increasing recognition within health and social care policy that relationships are central within ‘people work’, little attention is given to exploring the nature and purpose of these within everyday care practice. Social pedagogues appreciate that human relationships, in all their complexity, are intrinsically valuable and, therefore, central to everyday care practice.Continue reading “Human encounters: The core of everyday care practice”


Abstract Starting a new residential childcare service can be a daunting task at the best of times and, it could be argued, even more daunting during the wake of a global pandemic. Located in North Ayrshire, Compass Child and Family Services is a small charity providing support to children and families. The charity’s first children’sContinue reading “PROBLEM POSING DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC:RETHINKING THE USE OF RESIDENTIAL CHILD CARE”

Upcoming online events on social pedagogy

EXPLORING SOCIAL PEDAGOGY CONCEPTS AT TURBULENT TIMES – FREE WEBINAR SERIES Our new webinar series exploring social pedagogy concepts during turbulent times launched on 17th June as part of the International Online Conference with a webinar on the Common Third. (If you missed it, you can watch a recording here.) The upcoming programme includes theContinue reading “Upcoming online events on social pedagogy”