‘Fake news’ about Social Pedagogy

Demystifying Social Pedagogy

As a paradigm, social pedagogy is very complex (as other disciplines are too) and indivisibly connected to a given culture (so we can’t fully understand it without understanding the society in which it has emerged). Walter Lorenz, one of the most notable contemporary academics in social pedagogy, suggests that ‘social pedagogy is an important but widely misunderstood member of the social professions’ (Lorenz 2008, p.625). To help readers understand it a little bit better we elaborate on some of the most common misconceptions about what social pedagogy is or isn’t. This list of ‘fake news’ is by no means complete, so if you have more please let us know!

FAKE NEWS: It's not possible to define social pedagogy
FAKE NEWS: Social pedagogy does not make a difference to children's outcomes

FAKE NEWS: Social pedagogy is only for residential child care

FAKE NEWS: Social pedagogy is what we're doing already
FAKE NEWS: Social pedagogy does not work with traumatised children
FAKE NEWS: Social pedagogy is a new idea
FAKE NEWS: Social pedagogy is only practiced in Germany and Denmark

FAKE NEWS: Social pedagogy is more expensive

FAKE NEWS: Social pedagogy is about not having any rules

FAKE NEWS: Social pedagogy is an approach

FAKE NEWS: Social pedagogy is about getting rid of risk assessments

FAKE NEWS: Implementing social pedagogy is something you can accomplish