Momentum builds as playwork professionals seek mandate for new body
04 February 2015
Momentum builds as playwork professionals seek mandate for new
The group of playwork professionals calling for a new body to be
established on agreed principles has grown to more than 160.
Meanwhile, a survey launched by the project's steering group has
attracted nearly 150 responses. Because of the steadily growing
interest in the idea of a new vehicle for playwork accountable to a
membership body of practitioners, the group has extended the
closing date for the survey. It will now close on 1 March 2015.
The idea for the new body emerged in 2013 after the late Perry
Else, Professor of Play Studies at Sheffield Hallam University, and
the independent playwork researcher and theorist Bob Hughes
convened a summit in the face of severe cuts in playwork services
and concerns about the future of the profession.
Since then, a broad statement of aims and principles has been
agreed and the steering group is exploring the options and
viability of establishing a new body dedicated solely to promoting
and supporting playwork and its methodology.
The group will reveal the results of the survey, along with its
proposals for taking the idea forward, at the National Playwork
Conference at Eastbourne on 3-4 March.
Anybody studying, training, working (or seeking to work) within
the playwork field is invited to respond to the survey at this
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