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Towards a social pedagogic approach for social care

Cameron, C; Moss, P; Petrie, P; (2021) Towards a social pedagogic approach for social care. International Journal of Social Pedagogy , 10 (1) pp. 1-14. 10.14324/111.444.ijsp.2021.v10.x.007. Green open access

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Abstract

The term ‘social care’ has come to be applied in England to a variety of policies and services for children and adults deemed, for a variety of reasons, in need of support and assistance. The field to which it is applied is widely recognised to be in crisis, as demand grows, funding lags and a poorly qualified, low-paid workforce shows increasing signs of strain. The article argues that a further dimension to the crisis is the very term ‘social care’. It has little substance and is of limited value in addressing the practice involved in working with children, young people and adults, while its continued use has encouraged a simplified and commodified understanding of what this work entails. The article introduces an alternative concept – social pedagogy – long established and well developed in continental Europe, which, it is argued, could provide a more substantial basis for everyday practice, and a strong foundation for future policy, including reforming the workforce. The conclusion questions whether ‘social care’ can play any useful role in the evolution of policy and practice, discussing some issues that a turn to a social pedagogic approach might raise.

Type: Article
Title: Towards a social pedagogic approach for social care
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.444.ijsp.2021.v10.x.007
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.14324/111.444.ijsp.2021.v10.x.0...
Language: English
Additional information: © 2021, Claire Cameron, Peter Moss and Pat Petrie. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY) 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited
Keywords: social care, social pedagogue, social pedagogy
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10131366
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