DfE 2009 -2011, pilot in English residential child care homes
The Fostering Network - Head, Heart, Hands
The Fostering Network - Head, Heart, Hands
Introducing social pedagogy into UK foster care - final evaluation report
The final evaluation report of the Head, Heart, Hands programme has now been published.
Please find the full report here and an executive summary here
Head, Heart, Hands – Open letter from the Social Pedagogy Consortium
The Social Pedagogy Consortium has written an open letter to celebrate the achievements and to share the learning of this exciting programme with the participants and all who showed a lively interest in it.
Read the open letter here. _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Head, Heart, Hands is an exciting four year programme led by the Fostering Network, which aims to demonstrate the impact that introducing social pedagogy can make to foster carers and the lives of the children they foster. By doing so, the programme aims to improve outcomes for children in care and contribute to them being able to fulfil their potential. The long term aim is to embed a social pedagogic approach within foster care across the UK.
FURTHER INFORMATION ON HEAD, HEART, HANDS
Developing the art of social pedagogy
This report provides an overview of the views and experiences of foster carers, children and young people who participated in the Head, Heart, Hands programme (second year). It forms part of an independent evaluation into the impact of the programme.
Read the full report here.
Costs and sustainability of the Head, Heart, Hands programme
This brief paper explores the costs associated with setting up and running Head, Heart, Hands as well how the impact of the programme may be translated into costs avoided in the longer term.
Access the article here. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
Head, Heart, Hands- positive signs at the half-way point
After 2 years of introducing Social Pedagogy into foster care in seven different sites in England and Scotland, this briefing summarises the findings from the programme at the halfway point. The data that has been collected so far suggests that Social Pedagogy is beginning to have an impact on how foster carers approach their work.
Access the briefing here
Head, Heart, Hands: introductory leaflet (2013)
Access the leaflet here
Our story: Head, Heart, Hands (2013)
Read the in-depth feature on social pedagogy and the Head, Heart, Hands programme that appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of Foster Care Magazine, including interviews with a foster carer, a social pedagogue and a social worker.
Access the Foster Care Magazine feature about Head, Heart, Hands here
Head, Heart, Hands: programme overview (2012)
To find out more about Head, Heart and Hands download our Programme Overview. Inside you’ll find out more about our work and have access to key references and a recommended further reading list.
Access the Head, Heart, Hands programme overview here
For more information about Head, Heart, Hands, email
or call 020 7620 6409
See Head, Heart, Hands for more detail.
Department for Education - Social Pedagogy Pilot
Updated August 2011
The report on the development and implementation of the DfE pilot project is available. Read The final report here. An independent evaluation, conducted by the Universities of York and Bristol is available here
Updated June 2010
Social Pedagogy Briefing Paper II ‘ Implementing the DCSF Pilot Programme: The work of the first year’
This newsletter provides and update and "news from within", the perspective of a Social Pedagogue working on the pilot. Newsletter - June 2010
An update on some of the work being done in Lancashire within the framework of the pilot project.
Information on the evaluation (uploaded 05.08.10)
Updated 2nd February 2010
The pilot programme investigating the impact of a social pedagogic approach in children's residential care has been running for 16 months. The development part of the project is being run by Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU) Insitute of Education University of London and the evaluation, which began in November 2009, is being completed by teams at the Universities of Bristol and York.
Local authority children's homes in London, Hampshire, Bournemouth, Dudley, Blackburn and Darwen, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Surrey, Liverpool and Lancashire are taking part, as are private and voluntary sector providers Quarriers, Ingleside, Appletree, Lioncare, St Christopher's and Break.
34 Social Pedagogues have been recruited, with only a few vacancies to fill. The first appointments began on 1 June and are continuing. The recruitment process was ably facilitated by Jacaranda Recruitment.
A programme of training and support is in place for the managers and staff in the children's homes and for the social pedagogues. This includes: access to a project officer via telephone and email; a web platform for exchange of ideas and experiences; review visits, reflective sessions with staff groups, specialist workshops for managers and networking events.
In 2010, the team is developing conferences and workshops for children's services practitioners beyond children's residential care, raising awarenss of and skills in social pedagogic theory and practice.
The experience of the pilot so far is that learning about social pedagogy can happen in many ways from late night conversations on shift about the value of 'reflection' to in-house staff training designed and led by social pedagogues, to group networking and formal seminars.
The TCRU team consists of Claire Cameron, Aleaxandra Jasper, Stefan Kleipoedszus, Pat Petrie and Valerie Wigfall. They are contactable by email (
What happened so far:
The DCSF Pilot Programme is now well underway:
Local authority children's homes in London, Hampshire, Bournemouth, Dudley, Blackburn and Darwen, Staffordshire, Cheshire, Liverpool and Lancashire are taking part as are private and voluntary sector providers Quarriers, Ingleside, Safeguarding Children's Services, Appletree, Lioncare, St Christopher's and Break
26 Social pedagogues have been recruited, with just a few vacancies remaining to fill
The first appointments began on 1 June and will continue through the summer
The recruitment process was ably facilitated by Jacaranda Recruitment
Participants who face further staff vacancies in 2009 may contact the TCRU team to discuss further recruitment of social pedagogues
The evaluation tender is going out shortly; it is anticipated that the team will be in place by Autumn 2009
Two regional events have taken place for children's homes managers
One induction week for Social Pedagogues has taken place and another is scheduled
The Care Matters implementation plan, Care Matters: Time to deliver for children in care, published jointly with the DCSF, the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and others, on 26 March 2008, is the culmination of a rich and powerful dialogue that began with the Care Matters Green Paper and was subsequently taken forward in the White Paper.
Implementation of the Care Matters White Paper – Detailed Action Log, published jointly by HM Government and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and the Local Government Association on behalf of the Children’s Inter-Agency Group. This paper supplements the implementation plan Care Matters: Time to deliver for children in care. It aims to provide a detailed log of each of the commitments set out in the Care Matters White Paper, published in June 2007, with a date for implementation and a description of how each action is being taken forward. The log frequently refers to parts of the statutory and regulatory framework.
The deadline for those parties interested to tender for a DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A PILOT PROGRAMME TO DETERMINE THE IMPACT OF A PEDAGOGIC APPROACH WITHIN ENGLISH RESIDENTIAL CHILDREN'S HOMES - DCSF Ref: GO 08032710/01 - passed on 12 May 2008.
Many children's homes, across the country, applied to participate in the DCSF Pedagogy Pilot Programme that is being implemented by the Thomas Coram Research Unit. The TCRU team was very pleased with this response and had the difficult task of selecting participants. They were looking at a range of criteria for including homes. For example, getting a balance between public, private and voluntary sector homes and looking at geographical considerations, so as to facilitate occasional meetings between pedagogues.
The TCRU team visited applicants on a long short list and applicants were informed about decisions in Spring 2009. Those not included will be kept in touch with progress on the pilot. They will be invited to dissemination events and there will be opportunities to discuss options for staff to access pedagogy training and education, and for recruiting pedagogues directly.
It was anticipated that approximately 30 children’s homes will participate in the pilot project. It was further anticipated that the study will involve some Social Pedagogues already working in the UK as well as the recruitment of approximately 60 Social Pedagogues from Germany and Denmark.