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Members only - SPPA Conference Poster: ‘Culture, connections and curation for the curious – creativity and challenge!’

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by Patricia Walls

Kibble works with young people from 5 to 25 years and offers an array of services. We are striving to embed social pedagogy systemically within the organisation as we believe this way of thinking enhances well-being, better outcomes and growth mindsets for all.

To better connect ethos, learning and practice we constantly ask ourselves ‘Why do we do what we do?’ and ‘How can we do it better?’ We offer a variety of platforms to access to inspire curiosity, including online courses, curation, academic modules, taught and experiential learning. We would like to share how social pedagogy can be the thread which connects our strength based learning and practice and how we value being connected to a wider network including ThemPra, SPDN, SPPA, Strathclyde university etc. to support us.

We also gain inspiration for raising curiosity and creativity in the learning environment through the 6-day social pedagogy course as this establishes the environment, opportunities to feel comfortable, allow growth and realise potential.

Our way of thinking and developing framework for planning and facilitating learning ‘Learn it, live it, share it’ resonates with the charter, Item 8 – We value creative and playful approaches to lifelong learning that are theoretically informed, risk sensible and draw on people’s potential.

All of this is not without challenges and we would discuss these and share the positive experiences of what has worked well.

This means that our work is a journey, not a destination….

Child sexual exploitation and mental health – An evaluation on St Christopher’s Services

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by Dr Nikki Luke, with Prof Judy Sebba, Dr Alun Rees and Di McNeish

This report presents an overview of eight projects in the Innovation Programme that focused specifically on groups of young people who were experiencing or at risk of experiencing child sexual exploitation (CSE) or mental health issues. The projects took differing approaches to support young people with complex needs, including testing residential facilities as an alternative to secure accommodation or mental health inpatient settings, working with family members and specialist foster carers to increase their understanding of CSE and their ability to manage risks, developing a new service model based on building supportive relationships, a bespoke outreach service, and out-of-hours support for families that included access to psychiatric and psychological services. It is underpinned by a social pedagogic approach.

Therapeutic approaches to social work in residential child care settings

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by Prof Geraldine Macdonald, Dr Sharon Millen and Dr Mark McCann from the Institute of Child Care Research and Hannah Roscoe and Dr Shirley Ewart-Boyle from the Social Institute for Excellence

Following a regional review of residential child care in 2007, the five Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts in Northern Ireland introduced „therapeutic approaches‟ in a number of children’s homes and in the regional secure units. The aim was to improve staff skills and outcomes for young people.

This report gives the results of an evaluation of these approaches.

Introducing social pedagogy into residential child care in England

Residential Child CareUK

by Eilen Bengtsson, Clare Chamberlain, David Crimmens and Jonathan Stanley

This project was commissioned by the Social Education Trust (SET) and managed by the National Centre for Excellence in Residential Child Care (NCERCC). It aimed to develop knowledge of the
theories behind social pedagogic approaches, build the confidence of Residential Child Care workers and discover possible ways of translating social pedagogic approaches into meaningful practices in English Residential Child Care settings.

Essex Report

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by Gabriel Eichsteller and Sylvia Holthoff

Essex County Council embraced social pedagogy following a 3-year pilot project to develop social pedagogy within its children’s residential services, a National Centre for Excellent in Residential Child Care (NCERCC) and the Social Education Trust (SET) study that concluded that participants welcomed the holistic child centred social pedagogic approach and research by the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) that care experiences of young people in Denmark and Germany are better than in the UK.

How  this  happened  and  what  this  has  achieved  is  described  in  this report.

Read the Essex Report 2012.


Introducing social pedagogy into scottish residential care: an evaluation of the Sycamore Services social pedagogy training programme

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by Ian Milligan, Assistant Director, Scottish Institute for Child Care

Sycamore Services, part of Aberlour Childcare Trust is a scottish residential care setting. It piloted a social pedagogy programme for their child care staff. Read about the evaluation of this programme.