Big Success for the Big Swing – Safer Communities Fund enables young people’s engagement

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‘The Big Swing adventure playground in conjunction with a number of partners, has been successful in receiving two separate awards from the Safer Communities funding stream. The first award was to provide a rolling programme of opportunities for children and young people aged 13 upwards, from the local estate in Ravenscliffe, Bradford. The motivation behind the project was due to a number of older young people found to cause some issues on the local estate, particularly at weekends. Therefore the funding supported fun activities operating over the weekend, as well as on a Monday evening when there was very limited […]

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A call for a SECTOR RESPONSE TO PROPOSED CHANGES TO PLAYWORK QUALIFICATIONS

” The national body, Play Wales is calling for a strong response from the playwork sector to proposed new qualifications in Health and Social Care, which includes playwork. Qualifications Wales, which published its review of the qualifications framework in July, is proposing to restrict the number of qualifications approved for funded training programmes in Wales, a move that would, according to Play Wales, weaken playwork training. Play Wales is ‘concerned that … the Playwork Principles would be diluted by incorporation into a single suite of qualifications’. In its draft response to the proposals, Play Wales states that the proposed changes will ‘impact negatively on […]

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The ABC Model to dynamic risk management – a new Play Wales publication

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‘This new guidance paper provides a summary of a detailed risk-benefit assessment that considers common but potentially hazardous play behaviours displayed by children during staffed play sessions. Play Wales, in partnership with Simon Bazley (Playful Futures), worked with Wrexham’s Play Development Team to develop an approach to behaviour based risk-benefit assessment.  Further work between the play development team and staff from The Land adventure playground has led to the development of The ABC Model for the Dynamic Risk Management of Common but Potentially Hazardous Play Behaviours. The guidance paper is intended to support dynamic risk assessment by practitioners when working […]

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Want to read more about play? Have a look at this list of free articles!

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  Playday already seems like ages away.  Fortunately, the Taylor & Francis Group is keeping the momentum going with these journal articles about play which were made available for everybody as a Playday 2016 collection. They are still free to browse until the end of this month.  If you don’t think you can read through all 22 of them by then, just download each in a PDF format by clicking the article title and then the green PDF button on the right side of the page. Which one is your favourite?  Ours is this one, about outdoor play in Oman, as we love […]

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Playday 2016 Theme has been announced

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  And it is … Play matters! According to Play Wales, ‘the Playday Play matters campaign is calling on everyone to help make sure that children and young people across the UK have the time, freedom and space to play. As well promoting children’s right to play, the campaign is highlighting that play matters for: children’s mental health and wellbeing creativity and learning all ages and abilities communities.   This year is 29th Playday anniversary and can get involved by:
 holding a Playday celebration, spreading the word about the campaign, become an official campaign supporter or follow Playday on Facebook and Twitter . There’s lots of advice and […]

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Adoption of the new European Strategy for the Rights of the Child

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  On 2nd of March 2016 the Council of Europe adopted the new Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021). It will be launched at a High Level Conference in Sofia on 5 and 6 April 2016, during the Bulgarian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The document aims to get all EU member states working together to realise the objectives of the Strategy over the next few years. The Council of Europe was founded in 1949 and is a regional intergovernmental organisation whose stated goal is to promote human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in its 47 member states, covering 820 […]

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Playground claim thrown out in landmark court judgement

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Thanks to Tim Gill at Rethinking Childhood for this: Posted on February 22, 2016 | A claim for compensation after a playground accident has been rejected in a precedent-setting legal case in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The civil claim was made against the municipality of Saanich, following an accident during a game of ‘grounders’ (a chase game played on and around fixed play equipment that my daughter and her London friends would know better as ‘off-ground touch’). The accident happened in 2009 when the claimant, Rebecca Thompson, was eleven years old and had been attending a day camp […]

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Children’s litter pick receives award from Lord Major

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Volunteers, community groups and local workers from Burngreave were celebrated at a special Town Hall event last week. Hosted by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Talib Hussain, and local ward councillors, over 130 people came to see 43 nominees receive their awards for their commitment and outstanding contribution to the Burngreave community. Councillor Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families and local ward member at Sheffield City Council, said: “What a wonderful evening – celebrating and honouring so many Burngreave people – young, old, from different backgrounds, volunteers, community groups and businesses who are all committed, and give […]

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Power to the Playful: Play Conference 16th May

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Monday 16 May 2016 at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum Eureka loves play. Seriously, they are HUGE fans. Join them for a day celebrating play! They’ll be exploring the pivotal role that play and happiness has in child (and grown up) development with eminent academics, practitioners and thinkers, all here at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum – where they’ve been busy playing since 1992. Hear a variety of perspectives on play and have a bit of fun in the process (after all, they’d be hypocrites if they didn’t build in a bit of playtime). Confirmed speakers are: Juliette Yardley, Laughology […]

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Street Play Workshop 19th March

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Photograph courtesy of Helen Forman   When: Saturday, 19 March 2016 from 10:30 to 13:00 – Add to Calendar Where: Leeds Play Network – Unit, 5 The Courtyard, 110-118 Church Street Hunslet LS10 2JA GB – View Map   Street play provides children with the opportunity to play freely and safely on their own doorstep and provides numerous benefits for both children and adults alike. Leeds Play Network is currently working with Play England on the Street Play Active, Healthy Communities project funded by the Department of Health to provide support and advice to residents and organisations interested in street […]

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