Social pedagogy conference at Camphill

Representatives of local authorities from London to Shetland are among more than a hundred delegates arriving in Aberdeen tonight (October 18) for a conference hosted by Camphill Aberdeen tomorrow.

The conference looks at how social pedagogy can improve the lives of children and young people, especially those who are being looked after.

Dame Anne Begg, MP, will officially welcome delegates to the conference tomorrow at 10am in the Phoenix Community Centre at Newton Dee.

The sessions will include a presentation by Jean MacLellan of the Scottish Government explaining the government’s interest in social pedagogy. Another session will examine social pedagogy practice in Denmark.

Commenting, Laurence Alfred, a co-ordinator at Camphill School Aberdeen, said:

“Drawing on the experiences and expertise of all participants, this will be an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and discoveries about how social pedagogy can enrich the care of children and young people.

“The conference has brought together representatives from many organisations throughout the UK and Ireland to join us and discuss their experiences.”

The 111 delegates at the conference represent local authorities around the UK, including various London boroughs, representatives of county councils including Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Northamptonshire and Lancashire, plus Edinburgh, Dundee, Angus, Orkney and Shetland councils in Scotland. Also attending will be academics and representatives of care organisations from across the UK.

The event is being co-ordinated by ThemPra Social Pedagogy and organised in partnership with the Centre for Understanding Social Pedagogy at the Institute of Education (University of London) and Jacaranda Development.

Social pedagogy is the practice of integrating care, education, therapeutic and creative activities to improve the lives of individuals, their families and carers.
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