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Head, Heart, Hands

Head, Heart, Hands was The Fostering Network’s innovative programme exploring the impact that the introduction of social pedagogy can have on outcomes for fostered children and young people.

Head, Heart, Hands Conference (Scotland) interest form

Complete this form to submit an expression of interest in attending the Head, Heart, Hands Conference (Scotland) event.

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Social pedagogy in practice

These six resources and set of short films aim to share with you some of the learning that foster carers who took part in the Head, Heart, Hands programme found beneficial to their work and to the lives of the children and young people they looked after.

Head, Heart, Hands progress report: towards sustainability

The benefits social pedagogy brings to children, foster carers and fostering services

An independent evaluation of Head, Heart, Hands, will be published in November 2016 by the Centre for Child and Family Research at Loughborough University in partnership with the Colebrooke Centre for Evidence and Implementation.

What is social pedagogy?

Social pedagogy is a well-established and proven framework for social care, meeting the needs of children in care in many European countries. It blends the use of knowledge from academic research and established child development theories (head), with an important emphasis on relationships and emotions, recognising that everyone has their own emotional and ethical needs (heart), in combination with a focus on using practical tasks and every day activities as vital opportunities for learning (hands).


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