Social Pedagogy project
In 2012, Capstone was selected by The Fostering Network to be one of the six demonstration sites across Britain in the four-year Head, Heart, Hands programme. The aim of the programme was to demonstrate the impact Social Pedagogy can have on foster carers and the lives of the children they foster.
Capstone was the only independent fostering agency in England that was selected to take part in this project and we had Social Pedagogues that were involved in the project and contributed to the blog about it on the Fostering Network.
Social Pedagogy is a holistic approach in caring for children and young people and enhancing their wellbeing and growth. It rests on an image of a child as a complex social being with rich and extraordinary potential. It develops dynamic relationships to empower children, young people and their foster carers, as well as enriching the practice of the supervising social workers and admin team. Capstone engaged with the HHH programme as a way of enhancing and extending its service to children, carers and the community.
Initial training for the programme was provided by the Social Pedagogy Consortium. In addition, Capstone employed two full-time Social Pedagogues who are nurturing learning and exploration beyond the training and there are exciting developments afoot. Our experiences and findings have been recorded and evaluated by a research team from Loughborough University.
On completion of programme we have been able to gather lots of examples of the positive impact it has had on our foster carers and Supervising Social Workers. Learn more about this in the film a Capstone foster carer and Supervising Social Worker contributed to.
Click here for another short film where staff and carers share their ideas on what Social Pedagogy is.