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Revisiting a positive living group climate as a citizenship climate : a socio-spatial perspective on residential youth care

Matthias Remmery (UGent) , Simon Allemeersch (UGent) , Rudi Roose (UGent) and Griet Roets (UGent)
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The concept of a positive living group climate is currently used as a key strategy to substantially realise the citizenship of youngsters in residential youth care. The concept focuses mainly on what happens inside the residential youth care facility, as the interpersonal relationships between the professionals and the youngsters are identified as the main component of a positive living group climate. How the youngsters practise and experience their citizenship in their everyday lives is also socio-spatially shaped and accommodated outside the residential youth care facility. We implement a multi-method qualitative research approach to explore how the pedagogical climate in residential youth care is socio-spatially shaped and accommodated as a living environment. The findings show that residential youth care is embedded in a wider social living environment in which youngsters navigate physically and socially through different relationships, circumstances and pedagogical milieus. This results in a synergy between dynamics in residential youth care and the wider social living environment, in which meaningful pedagogical interventions can take place. We consider it necessary to deepen and broaden the concept of a positive living group climate in residential youth care, revisiting the pedagogical climate as a citizenship climate. Research on the development of a positive living group climate in residential youth care focuses on the interpersonal relationships between the professionals and the youngsters who are placed out-of-home. We explore how the pedagogical climate might also take into account how youngsters practise and experience their relationships outside the residential youth care facility, for example, at school, in their family relationships and in leisure time activities. Residential youth care is not an isolated island but is part of a wider social living environment in which youngsters navigate through different places and build meaningful relationships with others. We carried out observations and interviews with professionals and youngsters in a residential youth care facility to explore the meaning of what happens at these places for the pedagogical climate. We introduce the concept of a citizenship climate in residential youth care to capture the synergy between residential youth care and the wider social living environment.
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Social Work, Youth Care, adolescents, lifeworld orientation, lived citizenship, residential care, socio-spatial research, SOCIAL-WORK, FOUNDATIONS, PLACE, SPACE

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Remmery, Matthias, et al. “Revisiting a Positive Living Group Climate as a Citizenship Climate : A Socio-Spatial Perspective on Residential Youth Care.” BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK, 2023, doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcad230.
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Remmery, M., Allemeersch, S., Roose, R., & Roets, G. (2023). Revisiting a positive living group climate as a citizenship climate : a socio-spatial perspective on residential youth care. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcad230
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Remmery, Matthias, Simon Allemeersch, Rudi Roose, and Griet Roets. 2023. “Revisiting a Positive Living Group Climate as a Citizenship Climate : A Socio-Spatial Perspective on Residential Youth Care.” BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcad230.
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Remmery, Matthias, Simon Allemeersch, Rudi Roose, and Griet Roets. 2023. “Revisiting a Positive Living Group Climate as a Citizenship Climate : A Socio-Spatial Perspective on Residential Youth Care.” BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK. doi:10.1093/bjsw/bcad230.
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Remmery M, Allemeersch S, Roose R, Roets G. Revisiting a positive living group climate as a citizenship climate : a socio-spatial perspective on residential youth care. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK. 2023;
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M. Remmery, S. Allemeersch, R. Roose, and G. Roets, “Revisiting a positive living group climate as a citizenship climate : a socio-spatial perspective on residential youth care,” BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK, 2023.
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