Momentum builds as playwork professionals seek mandate for new body

04 February 2015

Momentum builds as playwork professionals seek mandate for new body

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 link










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