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.


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
14/03 Today SPPA needs you!
SPPA was founded in 2016 to be the professional home of social pedagogy in the UK. It built on research and practice interest across [...] read more
12/03 Surrey County Council trials SPPA audit tool
Surrey County Council trialled the SPPA Audit Tool in one of their Residential Children’s Homes that already advocates the benefits of Social Pedagogy. Initially it [...] read more
06/03 How is social pedagogy valued in our home?
How is social pedagogy valued in our home? A brief reflection – Hannah Severn (Assistant Manager and SPPA trustee) When Fallon, a friendly Cockapoo [...] read more

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