Child Protection Sytems

In Switzerland they have carried out an international analysis of child protection services in countries with an economic level and social development comparable to that of Switzerland. The analysis led to a comparison of good practices which again have resulted in 14 different recommendations for implementation in Switzerland.


One recommendation is to establish a national standing committee with the aim of producing a National Framework for Child Protection. Another recommendation is to create teams of professionally qualified social workers and introduce Case Planning Meetings where all professionals involved in working with families where there might be child protection issues meet in order to produce a service plan.


Interestingly, in these recommendations Switzerland has collated all the best practices of a range of countries. So, in a way, these are the best of the best practise gathered here in a short, understandable and easy to read publication.


Whether you are from a country comparable to Switzerland or not, you will be inspired.


Read the Swiss paper on Child Protection Systems here.

Taking care of the elderly

As many populations in Europe are growing older, taking care of the elderly may soon be a task for social educators.


This interesting article from the British newspaper The Guardian describes a care home near Amsterdam where the residents, who all have dementia, are kept active and actually seem to have fun.


The Guardian: The village where people have dementia – and fun.

News from Social Pedagogy UK

It is with great interest that we are following how social pedagogy is developing as a field of practice and theory in the UK. There are some great initiatives to spread the understanding and knowledge of social pedagogy and a group of people who are putting many efforts towards this.


In the latest newsletter you can read about how they spread the word of social pedagogy through seminars, field visits and other networking events, how they find inspiration from social pedagogy in Germany and Denmark, and how this “movement” has now also spread to Ireland.


Read the newsletter to learn more about the development in the UK and be inspired.

Fair Start

We have mentioned earlier the project of Fair Start, which is an online training programme for  people working in children’s homes. The programme is part of the European Union’s Lifelong Learning Programme. Although the project has now ended, the website continues to be a platform of information where you can also find the material of the project.

Read more about Fair Start.

Social work in the UK

Here is another interesting article about social work in the UK. In the UK, this also includes the care and support given to persons with developmental disabilities, but not people working in child services.

The article discusses the fact that a lot of social work is now being transferred to “social health assistants” who do not need the same level of education as social workers. So they do not have the same kind of expertise.

Another issue is the fact that there is such a tight focus on tasks carried out and the time spent – what is referred to the “care management straitjacket” – meaning social workers spend more and more time in front of the computer rather than with the citizens with needs.

To get an insight to social work in the UK, read the article here.

The European Social Charter

In October 2011 the European Social Charter celebrated its 50th anniversary. The European Social Charter is the equivalent of the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights with a focus on social and economic human rights. It was adopted in 1961 and revised in 1996.

The Social Charter guarantees the fundamental freedoms and rights of every day, such as housing, health, education, employment, legal and social protection, movement of persons and non-discrimination.

The Charter has been signed or ratified by 47 states.

To learn more about the European Social Charter and the European Committee of Social Rights, you can choose between the following options:

Download the European Social Charter.

Go to the website of the European Social Charter.

Read the latest newsletter of the European Committee of Social Rights.

La vitalisation au cœr de l’intervention

For those of you who understand French, the Swiss series “Les editions ies” have released a new book that focuses on the educational activities created for and performed by adults with intellectual disabilities.

La vitalisation au cœr de l’intervention – Analyse d’activités éducatives auprès d’adultes en situation de handicap psychique

To read more about the book and make your order, please see the flyer.

Being With Edgy Youth

For those of you who work in the area of child and youth care services you may find it interesting to learn that assistant professor Kiaras Gharabaghi of the School of Child & Youth Care, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada has written a book for professionals called “Being With Edgy Youth”.

The book talks about the consequences of conformity and avoiding conflicts in the work with edgy youth and proposes a focus on being present and staying with them through their journey toward adulthood and beyond.

For more details, read here: Being With Edgy Youth.

Brazilian thesis on social pedagogy

Dear friends,

A while ago Mr. Érico Ribas Machado from Florianópolis, Brazil, sent me his thesis on scial pedagogy, published in 2010. It is a research which analyses the emergence of social pedagogy as a sub-field of Brazilian education based on Pierre Bourdieu´s concept of field. Its main goal is to understand the historical background of social pedagogy as a sub-field of education in Brazil, its basic concepts, origins and connections with Popular Education.

Unfortunately, it is only in Portuguese, so to those of you who understand it, enjoy the read.

Link to the thesis:


Outdoor education for bereaved children

In the process of overcoming grief, outdoor activities can provide children and young people with a way to regain self-confidence and come to terms with their situation. In this article, Hans-Georg Renner describes methods of using and planning outdoor activities for bereaved children.

Read the whole article here.

AIEJI’s 19th World Congress

Aieji 19th World Congress

XIX Congresso

In the President's Report 2017 you can read about AIEJI's work and projects from 2013-2017. You can also read about the coming work programme for the next four years.

Download the report here.

AIEJI’s 18th World Congress

In the President's Report 2013 you can read about the activities of AIEJI in the last congress period as well as the ideas for the coming work programme in 2013 - 2017.

Download the report here.