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  • 1. What is social pedagogy? Claire Cameron Thomas Coram Research Unit Institute of Education University of London
  • 2. Research studies
    • What is pedagogy?
    • Denmark, Flanders, France, Germany, the Netherlands
    • Pedagogy and residential care
    • England, Denmark and Germany
    • Pedagogy and foster care
    • Denmark, France, Germany and Sweden
    • Care work in Europe
    • Denmark, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, UK
    • Introducing the Pedagogue into England’s Children’s Services
    • Implementing the Social Pedagogic Approach
  • 3. What is social pedagogy?
    • “ The theory of all the personal, social and moral education in a given society, including the description of what has happened in practice ”
            • Karl Mager,1844
            • “ Social pedagogy is everything that is education but not school or family”
            • B äumer, 1929
  • 4. Social pedagogy
    • Where care and education meet …
    • Upbringing …
    • Child rearing …
    • Nurturance …
    • Socialisation …
    • Supporting development …
    • Education-in-the-broadest-sense of the word
  • 5. Pedagogy as a system
    • Training and Education
    • Theory
    • Policy and Practice
  • 6.
    • Pedagogues
    • Education Health
    Social services Youth
  • 7. Policy support (England)
    • Pedagogues are generalists. Their uniquely broad training with its theoretical, personal and practical content ideally fits them for outcome-focused work with children, including those with significant developmental need (DfES 2005)
    • A new framework of skills and qualifications incorporating the principles of social pedagogy… Would offer a competency based approach available to all foster carers and staff and managers in residential homes (DfES 2006)
    • Commitment to explore effectiveness of social pedagogy in residential care (DfES 2007)
  • 8. Investing in the workforce to achieve a new children ’ s agenda:
    • Shared knowledge and understanding of issues
    • More staff, qualified to a higher level
    • Better staff retention
    • Integrated and comprehensive forms of provision
    • Children ’ s Trusts, Children ’ s Centres, Extended schools
    • Increased emphasis on
          • listening to children young people and families
          • working together across agencies and disciplines
          • Concern about looked after children
  • 9. Principles of the pedagogic approach
    • The whole child
    • A relational approach
    • Children and staff inhabit the same life space
    • Practical and creative skills – blowing noses and making kites
    • Reflective practitioners ... constantly curious … debate and develop ideas and practices
    • Children’s rights underpin practice
    • Fostering group life
    • Teamwork and co-operation with families and neighbourhood
    • Pedagogues support democracy and citizenship in children’s everyday lives
  • 10. Comparative evidence shows
    • Social pedagogues in residential care nearly all hold a degree, usually in pedagogy
    • SP highly likely to say they value relationships with children and colleagues
    • Much less difficulty recruiting and retaining staff
    • Fewer children under 16 are out of school
    • Fewer young people over 16 are out of employment or education
    • Fewer residents have a criminal record or are pregnant as teenagers
  • 11. Interpreting outcome data
    • Differences in…
      • Country populations and welfare models
      • Care populations
      • Qualifications and approach to work in
      • residential care
    • BUT…
    • ‘ Country of origin’ and care entry characteristics did not account for statistically significant variation in outcome indicators; staff characteristics did so.
  • 12. References
    • Petrie, P. Boddy, J. Cameron, C. Wigfall, V. and Simon, A. (2006) Working with Children in Care: European Perspectives OUP
    • Boddy, J. Cameron, C. Mooney, A. Moss, P. Petrie, P. & Statham, J. (2005) Introducing Pedagogy into the Children’s Workforce
    • Cameron, C. (2007) New Ways of Educating: pedagogy and children’s services, Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education
    • Cohen, B. Moss, P. Petrie, P. and Wallace, J. (2004) A New Deal for Children? Policy Press
    • Cameron, C. and Moss, P. (2007) Care Work In Europe: current understandings and future directions Routledge