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Playwork in Non-Traditional Environments

This track will take place on Wednesday

Playwork in Prisons - Emma Booth 

The session will consider why playwork is essential for children visiting a parent in prison as well as examining how Compound Flexibility can be implemented in such a restrictive setting. Visiting a parent in prison can be a traumatic experience for a child and play activities can help to mitigate this stress and anxiety. Play offers children an opportunity to express their feelings and emotions in a safe and supportive setting. It also helps to maintain and strengthen the bond between the child and their parent, which is crucial for the child's well-being and future development. Playwork can also provide children with a sense of control and autonomy, which can be especially important in an environment where they may feel powerless

TIME: 9:30-10:45 LENGTH: 1 hour 15 minutes

How we talk about play, being and doing - Laura Walsh

n this facilitated discussion we will consider the tension between children's unadulterated play and the offer adults make within various contexts. Examples  from the therapeutic continuum of therapeutic playwork, play therapy  and play specialism will be an example used, although other examples will be welcome. Where do we position ourselves? What can our language be and how can it help us? How can the unconditional positive regard we hold for the child/ren be a clarifying and motivating factor.
There will be a brief presentation of selected material and the offer of juicy discussion and exploration.

TIME: 11:00-11:45 LENGTH: 45 minutes 

Planting a seed after a natural disaster - Natsuki Hotta and Angela Day

Play In Crisis : On 11th March 2011 a catastrophic earthquake hit Eastern Japan causing 15,859 deaths and 3,021 recorded missing people over 12 provinces. In Ishinomaki City Province the tsunami caused a great deal of damage to the infrastructure, homes and loss of lives.**Immediately after the earthquake many evacuation centres with temporary housing units were erected for families displaced by the disaster.  Working as a playworker at one of the evacuation centres for 6 years I helped to emphasize the importance of play for children who had experienced a traumatic event and helped them to navigate how to process their emotions, feelings and moving forward.
TIME: 11:45-13:00 LENGTH: 1 hour 15 minutes 

#FamilyWildWalks - Play by stealth - Cath Prisk

'Adventures for children to take their grown ups on'
Outdoor People have been leading these Wild Walks around Hackney oin East London since 2014, and through them building community and changing the way parents, communities and schools think about the role of play in their children's lives.
This will be part feedback from what we have learned and a practical session where I will walk you through the process of designing your own Wild Walk from your setting, school or known area.
Any organisation can do this - and the impact can be huge. 
"we used to go out just once or twice a month for a treat, now I make sure they get outdoors to play every day!" said one of our parents. 
Help the families you work with be #OutdoorPeople!

TIME: 13:00-14:15 LENGTH: 1 hour 15 minutes 

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