This paper discusses the nature of the professional expertise needed in residential
child care (RCC) in light of recent debate on social pedagogy. Focusing on the question
of what kind of expertise is introduced in this debate, the paper deals with the contribution
of social pedagogy to the professional development and professional competences of
the RCC field, as well as the characteristics of professional knowhow in particular.
The paper discusses also the research on how RCC expertise is constructed among RCC
workers and how they demonstrate their expertise to other professional groups. The
final aim is to outline a social pedagogy-informed profile of professional RCC competences.
The purpose is to stimulate and enable multidisciplinary reflections about different
kinds of expertise and shared responsibilities, towards developing an integrated framework
for RCCs. Moreover, the paper emphasises the relevance of social pedagogy as a subject
for training to promote RCC professionalism.