Conference themes

Playing into the Future - surviving and thriving


Play – Individual and Social

• Play and its contribution to adaptation, healing, resilience, risk-management, social wellbeing, emotional literacy and learning
• Play deprivation, bias and extremes – the effects on children of having no opportunity to play, or only being able to play in a very limited or extreme way and how these effects might be overcome
• Play and identity
• Play and the playwork approach
• Play and the reflective practitioner 


Play – Environment and Space - indoor, outdoor, virtual, urban or rural

• The environment, space and time within which playing occurs – is promoted or inhibited – whether planned by adults or not
• Providing environments where children and young people can create and manage risk and uncertainty
• The influence physical and emotional environments have on play 


Play – Society and Culture

• Play and policy making
• Freedom to play and the structures of society and communities – social divisions, material divisions, mobility and inequality
• Play cultures and folklore
• Playing, ethnography and children’s geographies
• War, conflict and play