The session is being organised by the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA) and is free to attend. Hosted at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, the meeting will be a chance to meet other individuals and organisations and gain some training in social pedagogy.
Current public policy in the UK envisages new ways of practicing in care, health and education services for individuals, families and communities. But delivery often falls short of being transformational. Social pedagogy provides practitioners with the skills to help people feel empowered to decide what would help them make progress in their lives. It brings together vocational occupations and professions, and bridges the gaps between them by supporting the flexibility of workers moving between different types of children’s and adult’s sector work. It can provide a common core of knowledge and skills, and facilitate inter-professional work in integrated services.
This session will offer a creative, invigorating and refreshing experience of the potential of a relationship-based approach to working with people from across the life course. Attendees will be introduced to social pedagogy, which is a theoretical and practical approach to policy, practice, education and training. Participants will experience social pedagogy as a creative and practical profession to deliver improved outcomes and system change across children’s and adult’s sectors. It will showcase social pedagogy developments in the UK, including those in further and higher education and in relation to social work.
Lowis is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire and joint Course Lead for the MA in Social Pedagogy Leadership. She has run various training sessions around social pedagogy for several Local Authority teams and third sector organisations. She is also the lead for the UK partner team in the Erasmus funded Massive Open On-Line Course (MOOC) project, Social Pedagogy In Europe. Headed by ThemPra, the project has developed a short on-line course looking at the role of social pedagogy across Europe.
Previously she worked as a qualified social worker in a Leaving Care Team, supporting young care leavers to live independently. Her first role was as a Youth Offending Team Officer for the Manchester YOT service. Because of her previous social work experience, she understands the link between social pedagogy and social work and feels excited about the developments within the UK to embed social pedagogy into direct practice.
Andy has worked as a Qualified Teacher and Social Worker with young people. He has extensive experience of working in a wide range of settings offering both formal and informal education to children and young people both in and on the edge of care. He's worked for ThemPra since 2010, facilitating learning in a number of situations including large and small Local Authorities, Independent Children’s homes and Camphill Communities.
His career started in a special education unit in Cumbria where he saw and experienced the challenges for that group of young people within the formal education system and society. He then went on to work in a number of situations, always with a similar group of young people who offered many challenges to a traditional approach to care and education. As a response to this he adopted a social pedagogical approach to his work, which led to positive outcomes for the young people. Inspired by this, he then moved to work for ThemPra, where he is in a position to share this passion, knowledge and expertise with others.
18/04/2018 - 19/04/2018
17:30 - 19:30
University of Central Lancashire. Harrington Building, 11 Victoria Street, Preston, PR1 7QS
Free / open to all