We are delighted to announce the second annual SPPA conference. We will have speakers and workshops on a variety of topics, exploring our conference theme ‘Growing up, growing old. Staying well: a social pedagogical approach’.
Current public policy reform in all four countries of the UK envisages new ways of practicing in care, education and health services for individuals, families and communities. But delivery often falls short of being transformational. Social pedagogy has a life course perspective and foregrounds everyday living contexts. Social pedagogy is a relational and ethical practice that gives practitioners a values framework, alongside theories and tools with concrete applicability to everyday practice. Social pedagogy holds the possibility to support current policy direction and to enhance the quality of service provided.
This conference, hosted by the Social Pedagogy Professional Association (SPPA), will be an invigorating, refreshing, creative, and quirky reframing of public policy and the way we practice. There will be an opportunity to hear from leading voices in public policy and to participate in workshops about changing practice on the ground to enhance the quality of life and outcomes in the many settings where social pedagogy is active.
Our keynote will be delivered by Professor James Mitchell from the School of Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. Prof. Mitchell will be talking about the ambitions of public policy that resonate with social pedagogy, such as community engagement and collaborative learning, and why these are hard to translate into practice on the ground.
There will be workshops hosted on a variety of themes, from building trusting, sustainable relationships with young people, adopting a social pedagogic approach to working with adults with learning disabilities and more from across the life course. Workshop titles and speakers will be confirmed ASAP.
*Not yet a member? Joining as a SPPA member only costs £70 and you can then avail of the SPPA member early-bird fee of £60 until 6 July 2018 (and if you are a student/non-wage earner you can join for £25 and avail of the £25 conference fee). The total cost of SPPA membership and the early-bird fee is the same as attending the conference as a non-member, plus you get one year access to SPPA membership benefits.
|Who is this conference for?|
This conference will be of benefit to all those interested in a social pedagogic approach to delivering care, education and health services, from practitioners to policy makers, and students to academics. You might be working in early childhood education and care, family support, in day care services for older people, mental health services or residential child care. There is a place in social pedagogy for everyone.
Workshop 1 - Building and sustaining relationships in residential care using a social pedagogic model.
Workshop 2 - Social pedagogy and the Camphill approach in adult communities.
Workshop 3 - How can non-violent communication support our work as Social Pedagogues across the life course?
Workshop 4 - Refusing to accept refusal – building positive educational experiences for looked-after-children.
Lunch and networking
Workshop 1 - Social pedagogy and the Family Learning Intervention Programme (FLIP) at Hackney Council.
Workshop 2 - Using social pedagogy in work with older people.
Workshop 3 - The ‘how’ versus the ‘what’ we do in social pedagogical settings.
Workshop 4 - How have we grown up? How a 160-year old organisation considered social pedagogical perspectives for staying well in the future.
Interactive Panel Discussion
Building and sustaining relationships using a social pedagogic model.
Facilitated by Amaka Williams and Laverne Cole
This workshop will explore how the theory of the 3P’s supports staff in residential children’s homes to build trusting, sustainable relationships with young people that will last in the future once a young person has left care. The workshop will use visual creative methods and experiential activities to engage the audience, it is hoped one or two young people will join the speakers.
How can non-violent communication support our work as Social Pedagogues across the life course?
Facilitated by Laurence Alfred
This workshop will explore the use of non-violent communication as a social pedagogic tool whether working with young children, adolescents, adults or older people. The workshop will support practitioners in developing the inner qualities needed to develop positive strength based relationships. It will explore the requirements for authentic empathetic relational work.
How have we grown up? How a 160 year old organisation considered social pedagogic perspectives for staying well in the future.
Facilitated by Dan Johnson, Patricia Walls and Sue Jones
This workshop will describe how Kibble, a large third sector charity has used social pedagogy to determine its core values. It will explore how social pedagogy was aligned to the organisation’s pre-existing philosophies and will show how social pedagogy has benefited the organisation and its practitioners. The workshop will be interactive and promote thought and practice change.
Refusing to accept refusal – building positive educational experiences for Looked after Children by working together.
Facilitated by Cyndy Humphreys, Kay Redknap and Lucy Wright
This workshop will share practical experience of strategies used that have resulted in successful academic outcomes whilst accommodating the particular circumstances and needs of a young person. The workshop will encourage active learning, with participants sharing their experiences in small groups – drawn together in a tool-kit of strategies.
Social Pedagogy and the Camphill approach in adult communities.
Facilitated by Andrew Plant, Martin Alfred and Sandra Sabiston
This workshop will relate to 3 different aspects of experience of living and working alongside adults with learning disabilities in three Scottish Camphill Communities. They will focus on social and cultural life, life-sharing and positive relationship building, and the introduction of meaningful work activities. There will be a space for active participation and shared reflection.
Social pedagogic approaches to working with older people.
Facilitated by Prof. Pat Petrie and Thure Johansen
This workshop follows the success of a recent one-day training session for practitioners working with adults across the age range in Leicester. As an emerging professional disciplines, it provides an ethical, appropriate framework for holistic, strength-based practice. This workshop will be an opportunity to explore or shape discussions around the practice of social pedagogy in work with adults and older people.
Social pedagogy within the Family Learning Intervention Programme (FLIP) at Hackney Council.
Facilitated by Robert Koglek
The workshop will introduce the FLIP model, our theory of change and feedback and outcomes of this programme that has been operational since 2016. FLIP works with families where children are risk of coming into the care system or placement breakdowns and their social workers and other professionals. Families and professionals come for a short break away from Hackney in a beautiful rural area where they are supported in strengthening their relationships, addressing some of their difficulties and learn about and develop themselves and their family cultures.
The ‘How’ versus the ‘What’ we do in social pedagogical settings.
Facilitated by Joerg Schlueter and Mathias Loureiro-Prati
This workshops comes in three distinct phases: 1) an experiential role play to allow participants to experience different cultures in the context of a common task; 2) reflection and exploration of the role-play; 3) theoretical frameworks, influenced by human development are linked to encountered experiences.
Dan Johnson is a Forensic Psychologist and clinical director in Kibble Education and Care Centre. He began work as a residential carer before working in the prison service where he was awarded a Butler Trust Certificate Award for work on violence prevention. He has been Honorary Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University and is a Churchill Fellow researching best practice for supporting children who have experienced trauma and adversity.
Laverne is passionate about empowering young people and making a difference. She has 8 years of varied experience working children and young people in a range of settings such as Tier 4 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Missing Persons Service with the Children’s Society, Independent Fostering Agency and statutory Social Care service. She has also worked as an Assistant Psychologist as part of a drug and alcohol team. Laverne is a bubbly and enthusiastic person who loves to laugh and is constantly seeking new challenges, both physically and mentally, such as volunteering in Sri Lanka, completing obstacle courses or climbing mountains.
|Prof Pat Petrie|
Sue Jones is a senior learning and Development officer at Kibble but has carried out various roles in her 30 years’ service. As part of the team she is responsible for delivery and development of social pedagogy learning and practice within the organisation, child protection courses, and various other responsibilities related to workforce development.
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09:30 - 16:30
SPPA member standard fee – £80
Non-member standard fee – £150
SPPA member concessions fee – £25
Non-SPPA member concessions fee - £50
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