Social pedagogy in the UK
Theory and practice
By Kieron Hatton

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This introductory text:
  • discusses the development of social pedagogy as an academic discipline
  • explores its influence on UK debates about welfare practice.

  • It provides the theoretical structure for understanding:
  • the potential of social pedagogy in UK welfare practice
  • how key ideas from within social pedagogy can be linked to ideas of inclusion, creativity and personalisation
  • the impact of power relations on the social pedagogic relationship
  • the importance of creativity in building inclusive practice

  • Focusing on practice situations within which social pedagogy can be seen to be effective, it:
  • provides a background to the introduction of social pedagogy in the UK
  • investigates how European and UK services could benefit from a better mutual understanding of what each other does
  • discusses how social pedagogy can contribute to other areas of practice including youth work, adult social care and community development
  • suggests ways in which social pedagogy can be adopted to a wider field of practice than those in which it is currently considered in the UK.

  • Published 2013. 978-1-1905541-89-8. £14.95.


    The context
    The development of social pedagogy in the UK
    Social pedagogy theory
    The emergence of social pedagogy theory
    Key thinkers
    Creativity, inclusion and social pedagogy - the CRISP model
    Pedagogy and power
    Social pedagogy practice
    Reflections from European students who have studied in the UK
    Social pedagogy, children's services and looked after children
    Social pedagogy and youth work
    Personalisation, adult social care and social pedagogy
    Community and pedagogy
    Social pedagogy for the UK
    Social pedagogy and the challenge to social work and social care
    A UK social pedagogy?
    Structural social pedagogy
    Guide to further learning
    Some important organisations and contact details


  • Social workers, youth workers, community workers, social care workers, and other welfare professionals
  • Those involved in education, community development, criminal justice, psychology, mental health and substance misuse services
  • Those who work with people with disabilities, and with children and young people in residential care
  • Students, lecturers, researchers and other academics in these areas, and their libraries.


    Kieron Hatton
    is Professional Lead Social Work at Portsmouth University. He has extensive experience of developing and delivering programmes in European Social Work, in conjunction with partners in a number of countries including Denmark, Germany, Finland, Norway, France, Spain, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. He has a wide range of experience of working in, experiencing and delivering educational programmes in social care and child care; and has worked with local and national agencies to develop training in social pedagogy for staff working with services for young people in the Looked After Care system, and adolescents with mental health problems. Prior to joining the university he worked in the voluntary and community sectors and was closely involved in campaigns against benefits cuts, the promotion of Travellers rights and housing campaigns across south Wales.