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Teenage Play

All children have a right and a need to play. The need to provide an appropriate play space for the older child is often missed, and for many playwork provisions, the top age of their participants is 12 or 13. Teenagers need to play too, and we need to understand the teenage brain, their need for play, and how we can resource this.

Adolescents' sensation seeking and risk behaviour - Professor Ellen Beate Hansen Sandseter

In a study from 2001, I examined the relationship between sensation-seeking and positive/negative risk-taking behaviour among adolescents. Perceived challenges and influences from school, parents, friends and social background were examined as contributing factors. Three hundred and sixty adolescents between 12 and 16 years of age participated in the study. The results indicate a strong relationship between sensation seeking and both types of risk behaviour, and that few challenges from both school and parents as well as poor social background could result in more negative risk behaviour. In this session, I will present some data from the study and invite to a discussion around how we can provide positive risk experiences for adolescents.

TIME: 9:30 - 10:30 LENGTH: 1 hour

Home growing Playworkers - Ainsley Stiling and Emlyn Smith

This session features the journey of two young playworkers as they voyage from adventure playground attendees to young volunteers to playworkers in Tiverton Adventure Playground. The playground is a unique 3-1/2 acre wild and wooded site that demands a particular way of working, and which has built a distinct culture over the 50 years of its existence. Ainslie and Emlyn describe what they love about the playground and what has motivated them in their journey. They also describe some of the challenges they have faced and the particular aspects of the work that they enjoy - and some that they don't. They also offer thoughts and advice for other 'home-growing' organisations and young playworkers.

TIME: 10:45 - 11:30 LENGTH: 45 minutes

Age Appropriate Play for Autistic teens - Adele Cleaver
Adele will share her learning and early playwork-meets-youthwork experiences with 3 case studies, of a unique youth club that was piloted in Birmingham in 2009-2010. This was a specialist provision that intentionally opened with only 3 young people who had previously faced barriers to attending "inclusive" play and youth settings. Over time more young people joined this thriving youth project.
TIME: 11:45 - 12:45 LENGTH: 1 hour



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

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