Other traditions of practice

Mark Smith

in Rethinking residential child care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9781861349088
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303268 | DOI:
Other traditions of practice

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The United Kingdom is unusual in locating residential child care professionally within social work. In most European countries, social pedagogy is the discipline underpinning work with children and youth. The aim of social pedagogy is to promote social welfare through broadly socio-educational strategies. This chapter considers what social pedagogy might offer to ways of thinking about residential child care in Britain. It also looks at other traditions of practice, particularly the North American model of child and youth care. Child and youth care, with its roots in residential child care, is the discipline involved in direct-care practice with children in North America and, increasingly, in developing countries such as South Africa. The chapter also considers the professionalisation of child and youth care, social care, and the Camphill communities as a distinctive (and in many respects a social pedagogic) approach to practice in Britain.

Keywords: United Kingdom; residential child care; social work; social pedagogy; social welfare; child care; North America; professionalisation; social care; Camphill communities

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