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.
Chapter 7: Social Pedagogy and Risk: ‘Have you done a risk assessment?’
This question, often posed with an ironic tone, will be very familiar for those working in social care, reflecting the pervasiveness of a risk discourse that dominates practice in the name of protecting vulnerable children and adults. Smith (2005, p. 4) suggests that this is ‘symptomatic of this collective, essentially fearful state of mind’. This high degree of risk consciousness (Kemshall, 2002) has undoubtedly impacted on the role of those charged with responsibilities to protect and safeguard. Cree and Wallace (2005) suggest that this intrusion of a risk averse culture leads to social workers being afraid to show creativity and initiative as they become overly concerned with self-protection. As a result, ...