Social Pedagogy Project
In 2012 Capstone was selected by The Fostering Network as one of the six demonstration sites across Britain in the four-year Head, Heart, Hands programme. The aim of the programme has been to demonstrate the impact Social Pedagogy can have on foster carers and the lives of the children they foster. You can find out more about Head, Heart, Hands here; http://www.fostering.net/head-heart-hands.
Capstone is the only independent fostering agency in England that was selected to take part in this project.
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. Capstone has engaged with the HHH programme and has contributed to the evaluation of the national programme which is being evaluated by Loughborough University. There are many positive outcomes and stories from our carers and young people.
Initial training for the programme has been provided by the Social Pedagogy Consortium. In addition, Capstone has 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 are being recorded and evaluated by a research team from Loughborough University.
We are now in the final year of the programme and have gathered many examples of the positive impact it has had on our foster carers, Supervising Social Workers and the young people. Carers feel empowered, young people are listened to and conflict and tension reduced by utilising simple but effective frameworks! . Learn more about this in the film a Capstone foster carer and Supervising Social Worker contributed to.
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