Forgotten connection: reviving the concept of upbringing in Scottish child welfare

Last month’s edition of the Scottish Journal of Residential Childcare included a paper on the concept of upbringing. It draws on the work of German educational theorist Klaus Mollenhauer to examine the history of raising children, the current attitudes to upbringing and the specific context of rearing children in Scotland.

The author suggests that upbringing happens “on the rough ground of human relationships” and is a cultural and relational process rather than individual. The paper concludes by giving a number of suggestions on how Scotland could implement a wider definition of upbringing.

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