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.


As social work academics with experience of working with children and adults, we became interested in social pedagogy as we identified the connections with the humanistic values and motivations leading us to our roles. We hope as you read this book you will begin to recognise these connections and share our enthusiasm for this way of working. As part of our role, we have had the opportunity to talk to many students and practitioners working in social care and social work about social pedagogy. We often see that moment of recognition when they begin to understand what it is. This is because they can link the philosophy, theory and concepts to social work practice. Person-centred practice is a good example of this as it ...

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