Our organisational members have shown their dedication to social pedagogy through their ethos, history, pedagogical principles and continuous support. As organisations that embrace social pedagogy in what they do, they play a crucial role in growing our community of practice and spreading the word about social pedagogy. Together, we aim to make social pedagogy widely recognised and practiced in the UK  and Ireland.

Learn more about our organisational members and how they engage with social pedagogy in various fields. 

Would you like your organisation to become part of the SPPA family? Read more about it here.


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The University of Hull has been changing the way people think for 90 years. Their motto, Lampada Ferens, translates as ‘carrying the light of learning’, and over the years, they have shared that light with thousands of people from across the world.

As England’s 14th-oldest university, they have a proud heritage of academic excellence, and a history of creating and inspiring life-changing research. The social pedagogy approach is a natural partnership as it embodies the ethos of teaching on the BA (Hons) Working with Children, Young People and Families Degree.

Learn more about the University of Hull here

London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) has 38 award-winning nurseries across London. LEYF has been inspiring children for over a century enabling each child to be the best they can be through wonderful experiences that enrich and extend their learning.

Find out more at www.leyf.org.uk


St Christopher’s is a charity founded in 1870 to create brighter futures for children and young people. They work across the UK and Isle of Man providing children’s homes, supported housing, fostering and specialist support services, all designed for young people in care, on the edge of care, or leaving care. They work alongside young people to support their development, grow their confidence and reach their full potential. 

Find out more at www.stchris.org.uk

Kibble is a specialist child and youth care charity and social enterprise. They empower young people through care, education and support. Kibble supports at risk children and young people (aged 5-26) across the UK. Many of the young people Kibble cares for have experienced significant trauma in their lives and Kibble offers dedicated care and support to help them move forward. This includes residential and community support, as well as dedicated schools and wellbeing services.

Kibble provides a safe, stable environment that is both nurturing and therapeutic. With a robust support network and wide range of integrated services, Kibble offers young people opportunities and encourages them to believe in themselves, feel a sense of belonging, and realise their own self-worth.

Read more about Kibble here

The University of Worcester is one of the best universities in the UK for quality education and student experience. They are known for their welcoming, supportive and friendly atmosphere. Their innovative approaches to gender equality, environmental sustainability and creating educational opportunities for all are world-leading. Their graduates are highly successful at gaining jobs and go on to make a real difference in the world. 

The University of Worcester offers a course on Early Childhood in Society that is underpinned by the philosophy of social pedagogy and it is now endorsed by SPPA. The course seeks to encourage students to reflect on their values and work with children and their families in a more diverse context and in a respectful and empathetic way.

Read more about the University of Worcester programme here.



The Lighthouse is an organisation with a vision of radically improving education outcomes for children in care. They create homes where children can thrive and where education is central. The Lighthouse is developing a new model for children’s homes based on social pedagogy as their core philosophy of care.

They truly believe that children in care have the right to the same opportunities as everyone else – at home, school and in their communities. 

Read more about the Lighthouse here


The University of Portsmouth gives a breath of fresh air in the academic world, it is a place where everyone gets the support they need to achieve their best. The University of Portsmouth educates and transforms the lives of its students to help them achieve their potential. 

Currently, the University of Portsmouth offers a BA in Childhood and Youth Studies with Social Pedagogy which has been recently endorsed by SPPA. By joining this course, you will be able to unpack the issues affecting young people across society and learn how to work with young people and their families –and the services that support them– in different capacities.

Find out more about their BA in Childhood and Youth Studies with Social Pedagogy here.

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Compass Child and Family Services (CLG) is a Charity offering out of home care arrangements for children in the care of the Irish State. Our philosophy of working with children and their families is guided by the principles of Social Pedagogy.     

Learn more about Compass, Ireland here


South Quay College [SQC] is an alternative provision free School that provides education for young people aged 14-16 in Tower Hamlets and surrounding boroughs, who have not thrived in a mainstream school.  SQC is developing a therapeutic approach that is attachment aware and trauma informed. They are passionate about making use of the most effective evidence based innovations from a wide range of fields such as psychology, educational neuroscience and social pedagogy.

Their aim is to support each student as an individual through relational and holistic programmes, to develop resilience and resourcefulness that will help them to lead a successful and enjoyable adult life in the wider society.

Visit www.southquaycollege.org.uk to find out more about them.