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Playwork and Older Children

In playwork we make on offer to ALL children and according to the UNCRC children remain so until they are eighteen. So what do we need to think about and understand in our work with the non primary school aged children?

 

9) What is a Play work approach to youth’

Penny keeling & Ali Wood

To support my research, and improve my practice, I would like to facilitate a group discussion on the approaches taken with children aged eleven years and over who access adventure playgrounds, currently and historically under the heading of “What is a Playwork Approach to Youth”.  The criteria for those wishing to contribute to this structured focus group is that they are now, or have been working with young people aged eleven and over in an adventure playground setting.

As the focus group session will form part of the data used in my dissertation it will be recorded for later analysis so it is necessary for me to request that consent forms be signed by all participants

Time: 9:30 - 10:30 Length: 1 Hour Aimed at: Wanting more

Relevant to Playwork Principle 3

By Looking at how playworkers facilitate youth within a play setting  could highlight approaches taken but not yet fully explored within other play setting.

10) Playworking with teenagers

Ali Wood & Penny Keeling

We want to explore what differences there may be for teenagers playing and what issues these might raise for playworkers.  Our playground is open for 0-18 (it wasn't originally but the decimation of youth work locally meant there was nowhere else for 13+ kids to go!) and we are still working through how to manage the range of ages and play needs, let alone the adults also on site in school holidays.  We want to share our thinking but find out what you think too, so we can all benefit from reflecting together....

Time: 10:45 - 11:45 Length: 1 Hour Aimed at: For Anyone

Relevant to Playwork Principle 4

There are a whole host of adult-led agendas that apply to teenagers - we want to unpick and challenge these

11) Teenagers - Folk devils or misguided angels?

Colin Powell & Leanne Percival

Within this session we will briefly explore what is going on within teenagers - physiological changes. What the impact of teenagers is within the play space on others and a playworkers role as an advocate for the right to play.

Teenagers - much loved or much maligned?

Young people are readily perceived as a threat within everyday society and play provision can be no different. Do you take a deep breath when a group of teenagers arrive at your play provision or do you welcome them with open arms the same as younger children?

This session will explore some of the background to the demonising of young people and what playworkers need to consider before adding to that condemnation.

Time: 14:30 - 15:30 Length: 1 Hour 15 Minutes Aimed at: For Anyone

Relevant to Playwork Principle 1

All children need to play - teenagers are no different except they are bigger

12) Teenagers - Folk Devils or Misguided Angels?  no2

Colin Powell & Leanne Percival

Within this second session we will briefly explore re-framing behaviour and some tried and tested tools of engagement.

Teenagers - much loved or much maligned

Young people are readily perceived as a threat within everyday society and play provision can be no different. Do you take a deep breath when a group of teenagers arrive at your play provision or do you welcome them with open arms the same as younger children? Why are teenagers so scary and why do we treat them this way?

This session will explore some of the background to the demonising of young people and what playworkers need to consider before adding to that condemnation.

Time: 15:45 - 16:45 Length: 1 Hour Aimed at: For Anyone

Relevant to Playwork Principle 1

All children need to play - teenagers are no different except they are bigger

 

 

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