Due to the current situation, we have decided to turn this event into a FREE WEBINAR.
Please note that the time of the event has been changed. The webinar will now take place from 12:00 to 14:00 h on 3rd April.
We ask you to please register in advance for the webinar using the following link:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
If you have any question please contact us.
What is the webinar about?
This event seeks to draw together Social Pedagogy concepts and practice from Germany and England. The emphasis will be on spatial approaches and its links to social pedagogy.
There will be a Keynote lecture by Prof. Christian Spatscheck from the University of Bremen, followed by an interactive discussion in which experts from the field and participants will have the opportunity to reflect about their own practice and explore the links and divergences of Social Pedagogy.
Who is this event for?
This event seeks to draw together social pedagogy and spatial approaches from Germany and England in theory and practice. It will be particularly relevant for students, practitioners and academics interested in Social Pedagogy, social work, foster care, young people care, participation and rights, but everyone wanting to know more about Social Pedagogy is also welcome!
Social Pedagogy in the German tradition – key elements and current challenges
Prof. Dr. Christian Spatscheck
The presentation will start with an overview of the main concepts from the discourse on social pedagogy in the German tradition. Here, especially current and contemporary approaches like the Life-World Approach (Thiersch), the Coping Paradigm (Böhnisch), Subject Oriented Social Pedagogy (Winkler), and others will be reflected. In this background, a special focus will be laid on the Spatial Approach to Social Pedagogy and its implications for research and practice. The presentation will also include interactive elements in order to compare the different conceptual traditions and experiences in Germany and England. A final summary will highlight current issues and challenges that are emerging for social pedagogy as a professional tradition and approach.
Further reading on Spatial approaches:
|Prof Christian Spatscheck|
Nicola is the Director of practice at The Lighthouse. She has almost 20 years’ experience in children’s social care as a frontline practitioner and manager in residential childcare, as well as roles in policy, research, strategy, practice, education and workforce development.
Before joining Lighthouse, Nicola was at the youth charity St Christopher’s, initially opening a new children’s home based on social pedagogic principles, then working across the organisation to embed social pedagogy in theory and practice at operational and strategic levels. She was also a member of the steering group which founded the Social Pedagogy Professional Association and is a graduate of the University of Oxford and London Metropolitan University.
Inspired by his experience of growing up in foster care, Emmanuel founded The Lighthouse, an organisation with a vision of radically improving education outcomes for children in care.
He is a former English teacher. He trained on the Teach First programme and taught in Birmingham for three years. Emmanuel has been developing the idea for Lighthouse since 2014 when he began conducting research into the educational experiences of looked after children. In 2018, he was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to study children’s homes in Germany and Denmark, the results of which informed the Lighthouse model. Emmanuel is a graduate of the London School of Economics and also holds an MA in Education and Leadership from Warwick University.
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12:00 - 14:00
This is a free event but we kindly ask you to register in advance for the webinar using the following link: