Vasileios Tiliakos is a social worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Education and over fifteen years of experience in community social work and working with families and children in need in multi-cultural settings.
In Greece he worked as a social worker and a social pedagogue in experimental social services of the Department of Social Work of Democritus University of Thrace, in crisis intervention and residential care for the de-institutionalization movement of the Mental Health Sector, and at the Programme of Education of Muslim Children for the Ministry of Education. He was the first social pedagogue who worked at a Second-Chance School and the first social pedagogue in Greece who was running privately a Social Pedagogy Centre for families and children.
In UK, he worked as a social pedagogue in residential care for Staffordshire County Council, he became an independent foster panel member for Options Fostering and lately he worked as a social pedagogue for the West Fostering Team of Surrey County Council. On 2015 he joined Jacaranda social pedagogy development team, facilitating social pedagogy learning and development sessions.
He returned to Greece on September 2016 to offer his services at the refugee crisis. At the moment he is the Child Protection Manager of North Greece for International Rescue Committee.
His interests and areas of expertise are Social Pedagogy in residential care and the use of storytelling and reflective practice in the workplace.