Are you looking to understand more about social pedagogy? Wanting to see how you can incorporate these approaches into your practice? Ali Gardner and Lowis Charfe introduce you to this exciting new approach to UK social work practice that has been shaping care services in Europe for decades. It is a holistic approach that requires an absolute commitment to employing your heard, heart, and hand in creatively working alongside individuals to support the process of change at an individual, communal, and societal level. – The authors outline the key concepts, philosophy, and history of social pedagogy to ground you in the theory – Exercises help you to reflect on how to incorporate this new philosophy into your work – Practical examples demonstrate how you can apply key principles to your own practice After reading this book you will be able to confidently engage with social work that emphasises people rather than processes at the heart of intervention.
What do people mean by ‘participation’? It is a familiar word that seems straightforward enough, so why does it have an entire chapter dedicated to it? This chapter will explore these questions with a focus on participation in decision-making within social work and social pedagogical practice. The fact that you are interested and reading this book indicates, I hope, that you connect with the value base of taking a participatory approach and want to know more. The Social Pedagogy Professional Association Standards (SPPA, 2017) provide a useful starting point as Standard 5 identifies that the social pedagogue will, ‘Enable people to use their voices and effect change within their own lives and wider society’. The social pedagogue will aim to achieve this by ...