We are the professional home for social pedagogy in the UK

Social Pedagogy is an emerging field in the UK but well established in continental Europe, where theory and practice is concerned with finding solutions to social problems through an educational lens.

The Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA) was launched in February 2017 to hold the Standards of Occupational Proficiency, and Standards of Education and Training in Social Pedagogy. We represent members in all four countries of the UK. Our overall aim is to improve the support of children, young people and adults, many of whom live in disadvantaged circumstances or are vulnerable.

As part of our role, SPPA endorses and supports qualifications in social pedagogy. We currently endorse two Diploma in Social Pedagogy at Levels 3 and 5, and an MA in Social Pedagogy at the University of Salford.


21/05 The next Social Pedagogy International Conference will be taking place in 2020 in Cyprus
 The  Social Pedagogy Association / Asociación de Pedagogía Social in partnership with Thempra, UCLAN and the Arizona State University are introducing the Social Pedagogy [...] read more
16/05 Read about what our friends from Japan learnt about Social Pedagogy on their trip to the UK
In March 2019 a group of 7 academics from Japanese Universities interested in Children’s Services and how Social Pedagogy can help them, visited SPPA [...] read more
13/05 Surrey County Council in house training lead by Foster Carers and Residential Workers
Surrey County Council are committed to embedding Social Pedagogical values and currently offer their Children’s Services staff a three day introduction. Those that are then inspired [...] read more
09/04 “Language That Cares”
“Language That Cares” – Language That Cares is a collaborative effort led by TACT (fostering & adoption) that aims to change the language of [...] read more

Watch our highlights from last year’s SPPA conference – ‘Social pedagogy as education in its broadest sense’