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New Play and risk information sheet


Written by Tim Gill, the Play and risk information sheet aims to set out why a balanced, thoughtful approach to managing risks in children’s play is needed. It also aims to give an overview of risk-benefit assessment, which is widely accepted as a suitable approach.

The information sheet is aimed at all those who have an interest in children’s play, including educators, playworkers, providers and managers of play facilities, health and safety professionals, risk managers, decision makers and parents.

Tim Gill is one of the UK’s leading thinkers on childhood. For over 15 years his writing, research, consultancy projects and other work has focused on the changing nature of childhood, children’s play and free time, and their evolving relationships with the people and places around them.

We look forward to welcoming Tim as a keynote speaker to our Spirit conference (14-15 May 2013). He will continue on the theme of risk-benefit in his ‘Playing the long game: how the HSE was persuaded of the benefits of risk’ presentation.

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More information about Play Wales information sheets

The production of this information sheet has been funded by the Welsh Government to support the developments arising from the Play Sufficiency Assessments completed by each local authority in Wales. Section 11 of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 places a duty on local authorities to assess and secure sufficient play opportunities for children in their area.