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Playwork Theory

This track will take place on Tuesday

What should the adult be doing? - PANEL: Sarah Turton; Laura Walsh; Dr. Sylwyn Guilbaud

Here is an opportunity to listen to the perspective of three very different people who have knowledge of working in very different environments, talking about the role of the adult. After a brief introduction from each of the panelists, you will be encouraged to ask questions to provoke more thinking and dialogue.

TIME: 10:45-11:45 LENGTH: 1 hour

Playwork in wrecked comunities - Mick Conway

We need to think about what is going on in children's lives outside our playwork four walls or fence. Otherwise our playwork is unauthentic. Could we be failing as playworkers by focussing on just our playwork? Most children today live in very stressed communities - way more stressed than in the 1969 Belfast war where I started my playwork life, way more stressed than 1980 where suddenly 70% of the parents of kids at Bermondsey adventure playground were on the dole as the docks, the print business and other local small industries shut down. They are way more stressed by fear of gang culture, inability to play out on the street with their neighbours and friends.

TIME: 12:00-13:00 LENGTH: 1 hour

Playful by Design: Free Play in a digital world - Sonia Livingstone

The Digital Futures Commission (5Rights) co-developed a design tool, informed by the voices of children, parents/carers and professionals who work with children, including playworkers and play experts.**Playful by Design embeds free play in digital contexts, addressing hygiene factors such as safety and privacy as well as children’s positive right to play freely. We take a child rights approach that builds on the long history of ideas about free play.**But there is a gulf between those promoting free play in physical contexts and those keen to improve digital contexts. Can this gulf be overcome? This session will use our design tool (a pack of cards) to debate how to support children’s play simultaneously in digital and physical contexts.

TIME: 13:45-15:15 LENGTH: 1.5 hours 

Time and time again - Simon Rix

At conference a couple of years ago, I began to explore Playwork practice's relationship with and facilitation of the concept of time.  We touched on what 'time' means from seasonal rhythms to personal and collective history, experiences of time in play settings and their relationship to the concept of Separation - which is separation from one's historical agency.  In this session I hope to expand this discussion into Playwork practice.

TIME: 15:30-17:00 LENGTH: 1.5 hours 

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