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      Social Pedagogy – When the Penny Drops


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      International Journal of Social Pedagogy

      UCL Press

      social pedagogy, early years, risk, practice

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          I had been working as a residential care worker for 5 years when my employer chose me to take part in a trip to Copenhagen, for 17 days’ work experience funded by the EU Leonardo Mobility programme. This was to be the beginning of my journey with social pedagogy. With a focus on to learning more about social pedagogical practice with children with disabilities and challenging behaviour, I was very keen to make the most of my experience and placements. The first of my two placements was at a kindergarten, where I learnt that social pedagogical practice is clearly embedded in the first stages of education and childcare. In my second placement, I saw social pedagogy in motion. The abstract idea I had of social pedagogy now became something tangible and, for me, the penny dropped.

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          International Journal of Social Pedagogy
          UCL Press (UK )
          1 January 2014
          : 3
          : 1
          : 62-63
          Walsall Council, UK
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          Correspondence to: N. Dulai, Residential Child Care Worker, Walsall Council, Zone 2D, 2 nd Floor, Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall, WS1 1TP, United Kingdom. Email: DulaiN@ 123456walsall.gov.uk

          *Nivan Dulai works in an English residential care home alongside children and young people with profound, complex physical and/or learning needs. No two days within the home are the same; there are many hats that need to be worn in order to provide a holistic, well-balanced approach to caring and building relationships with the young people. Her main duties are to support the overall well-being of the young people, with the aim to provide a nurturing, happy environment which enables the young people to develop both emotionally and physically, as well as gain skills which can facilitate them in their adult lives. The most rewarding aspect of her role is to support young people to accomplish developing a skill that benefits and serves them. Knowing that they have learnt and gained something which will help them in the future is definitely a fulfilling aspect of her work.

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