How youth workers can go the extra mile for play

When Ali Wood enrolled for an event, ‘In Defence of Youth Work’, in Birmingham, she saw that the agenda featured discussions on youth work in different settings and situations. Never being shy about speaking out for play, Ali asked if youth work in adventure playgrounds could be added to the programme. This is a synopsis … Continue reading How youth workers can go the extra mile for play

Symbiotic homeostatic disequilibrium in playworking interaction

A new paper by Joel Seath and Gordon Sturrock, derived from and following communications at the PlayEd conference in Cambridge, May 2018. Abstract Playwork’s key claim is its unique manner of working for and with children. It currently suffers, however, from a lack of consensus regarding the benefits of its application. This paper challenges the dilution … Continue reading Symbiotic homeostatic disequilibrium in playworking interaction

Colleagues, community and commons – our vital triumverate

In this critique of Voce and Sturrock's A Situated Ethos of Playwork, Simon Rix suggests that community should be integral to playwork practice, and the central focus of the field's fightback. Thanks are due to Gordon Sturrock and and Adrian Voce for their recent paper, A Situated Ethos of Playwork. It rightly acknowledges that the internal … Continue reading Colleagues, community and commons – our vital triumverate

A situated ethos of playwork

Turning the playwork story into a narrative for change. In this new collaboration, Adrian Voce and Gordon Sturrock cast their collective eye over the recent history of playwork in the UK to draw out some lessons for the field on how it might regroup and take a leading role in making the case for a comprehensive … Continue reading A situated ethos of playwork

What is unique about playwork?

At the launch of the Playwork Foundation in November 2017, Professor Fraser Brown described the elements of playwork practice that he identifies as unique within the children's workforce, using playwork stories to illustrate each point. He has now followed up his presentation with an expanded paper, which can be downloaded below, while the list of unique elements is set … Continue reading What is unique about playwork?

Playwork foundation launches at London event

The Playwork Foundation was launched as a membership organisation at a special event in London last week. The Playwork Foundation finally opened for business last week at a special launch event in London. Board members Ali Wood and Karen Benjamin, experienced playwork trainers, writers and consultants, introduced the event with a review of the foundation's development, … Continue reading Playwork foundation launches at London event

Withdrawing qualifications is another blow to playwork

Play England has reported that CACHE (Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education) has closed its Level 2 Award and Certificate, Level 3 Award and Level 4 Award and Certificate qualifications to new registrations. The other main awarding organisation, City and Guilds are also now only open for registrations of full Diplomas at levels 2, … Continue reading Withdrawing qualifications is another blow to playwork

Sharing memories of ‘endangered’ adventure playgrounds

The University of Gloucestershire has launched the report, and a short film, of its Sharing Memories of Adventure Playgrounds (SMAP) research project. The project worked with adventure playgrounds in the cities of Bristol and Gloucester to gather memories of those involved – as children, staff, families and communities – over their history, in order to explore their … Continue reading Sharing memories of ‘endangered’ adventure playgrounds

Thousands of children expected for Playday 2016

Tomorrow, 3 August, tens of thousands of children and young people from across the United Kingdom will be out playing, celebrating Playday – the national day for play, when hundreds of local and regional play events are taking place to promote the importance of children’s right to play. This year’s Playday theme, ‘Play Matters…’ celebrates … Continue reading Thousands of children expected for Playday 2016