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SPPA Conference 2022

Food for our thoughts: the role of social pedagogy in sustainable wellbeing

Call for abstracts

The Social Pedagogy Professional Association [SPPA] is pleased to invite you to submit abstracts for our annual conference which will take place on 20th October 2022, via a Live Broadcast from London (with in-person attendance optional). The SPPA annual conference and this call for abstracts is open to members and non-members. We welcome proposals from academics, policy makers, practitioners, students, pedagogues, artist and everyone interested in and/or passionate about social pedagogy from across a range of disciplines. The focus of all your proposal should fit broadly within the topic of this year’s conference.

About this year's topic

Social pedagogy goes beyond the medical and behaviourist approaches to addressing mental and emotional wellbeing.  This year’s conference will explore how social pedagogy can work holistically to sustain mental health, well-being, networks and localities in the broadest sense. We seek to look at what wellbeing and mental health mean openly and critically for different people in diverse contexts. From there, we will ask ourselves: How can we expand our views on what it is to be well and healthy and go beyond the individual medical model?

Beyond the medical and behaviourist models…

It’s the place, the smells and sounds, the people and habits we hold that are at the core of our sense of belonging and existence. When this experience is positive, we tend to care and want to sustain the environment that nourishes us. From this comfortable position, it seems easier to imagine the future and ourselves in it, we might even feel motivated to find ways to support causes and people in our networks.

Yet when we or someone is unwell or struggles emotionally, a different picture emerges. We start feeling that something is not right, and we want to find solutions. In our desire to remove pain and suffering, we might try to intervene and control and we could end up losing sight of the bigger picture: that human beings are more than an individual mind and a body that needs to be fixed.

Join us to explore, discuss, learn and co-create together!

Who is this conference for

All those interested in a social pedagogic approach to delivering care, education and health services, from practitioners to policy makers, students academics and artists.

You might be working in early childhood education and care, family support, youth work, foster care, social work, in day care services for older people, mental health services or residential childcare. There is a place in social pedagogy for all of you!

There will be a special discounted rate for students, foster carers, and non-wage earners.

Ways to participate

a. Workshops

Give a creative, interactive, experiential, or academically focused workshop from a social pedagogical perspective. Workshops should aim to both inform and actively involve participants. The workshops should last 45 minutes for online workshops and 1.5 hours for in-person.

b. Lightning talks

Give a brief talk or share a story in a quick, insightful, and clear way. These talks and stories could include experiences from practice, provocations or insights of social pedagogical approaches and concepts. Each talk should last 10 minutes max. and will be followed by a 5 minute Q&A session.

c. Case Study Poster

We welcome posters that visually communicate projects, research, examples and case studies from practice or theoretical approaches.  You will have the opportunity to present your Case Study Poster for 5 minutes followed by a 5 min Q&A. 

For any of the above, please submit an abstract. The focus should relate broadly to this year’s conference topic and abstracts must specify the aim and provide a brief explanation of the session or poster as well as how it connects to the conference topic and social pedagogy. 

Deadline for abstracts: 30th June 2022

Decisions will be made by the end of July 2022


All abstracts must:

  • provide the name(s) and email(s) of the author(s) or facilitator(s)
  • state the proposed title  and aim of the workshop, talk or poster
  • briefly describe what the workshop, talk or poster is about
  • explain how your work connects to the conference topic,  social pedagogy and the SP charter
  • Length:  maximum of 250 words  


  • workshops must also provide a brief explanation of the structure of the session and how you plan to actively engage the audience, as well as the type of materials or resources you will need for your session

Submit your abstract

Please fill in the following form and once complete click submit. You will receive a copy of your answers and we will email you to acknowledge receipt of your abstract.  We aim to respond within 2 weeks from the date of submission and final decisions will be made by the end of July 2022. 

Fill in the abstract form here

If you have any questions please contact us at

Looking forward to hearing from you!

About SPPA

SPPA is the professional home of social pedagogy in the UK. It is a membership based organisation that exists to support continuous professional development in social pedagogy in all areas of the UK. It holds standards for social pedagogy qualifications and endorses social pedagogy learning programmes.

New members are always welcome!


More information about tickets coming soon! Stay tuned for our Early Bird rate and other special discounts for SPPA members 

Event Details


00:00 - 00:00

Broadcast from London (with in-person attendance optional).
Address and time TBC