Social pedagogy in the UK - Theory inot practice

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By Kieron Hatton

Large format paperback, 128 pages

This introductory text:

  • discusses the development of social pedagogy as an academic discipline
  • explores its influence on UK debates about 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

  • 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 Profession Lead Social Worker at Portsmouth University. He has extensive experience of developing and delivering programmes in Europeans Social Work, in conjunction with partners in a number of countries including Denmark, Germany, Finland, Norway, France, Spain, Hungary and the Czech Republic. He has a wide range of experience of working and delivering educational programmes in social care, and has worked with local and national agencies to develop training in social pedagogy for staff working with services to 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.


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