Our Philosophy of working with young people and their families has a strong underpinning and is guided by principles of the continental European Model of Social Pedagogy and incorporates those principles on how we engage with young people, families and how our services are delivered.
Social Pedagogy is based on humanistic values stressing human dignity, mutual respect, trust, unconditional appreciation, and equality. It is underpinned by a fundamental concept of children, young people and adults as equal human beings with rich and extraordinary potential and considers them competent, resourceful and active agents.
Overall, social pedagogy aims to achieve:
• Holistic education – education of head (cognitive knowledge), heart (emotional and spiritual learning), and hands (practical and physical skills)
• Holistic well-being – strengthening health-sustaining factors and providing support for people to enjoy a long-lasting feeling of happiness
• Enabling children, young people as well as adults to empower themselves and be self-responsible persons who take responsibility for their society
• Promoting human welfare and to help prevent or ease social problems
More information about Social Pedagogy can be found here.