'Councils embrace risky play' and 'Children being 'raised in captivity', warns psychologist' are two of the articles in this months Play England round up of what's hot in play. Cadence welcome the profile these thoughts are getting ... more
Recent stories of swinging politicians are more likely to induce a Nick Clegg(over) joke rather than admiration, but Ed Balls and Andy Burnham's enthusiastic leaping on to a swing seems to have gone down well everywhere. They were launching a consultation on a national play strategy ... more
'Ban the hood for good!'
'Is it time to let children play outdoors once more?'
'Young people today ... actually, they're great'
3 articles from the weekend newspapers giving a different view of young people demonstrating the usual conflict that Cadence Works has come across every time we have been involved in consultation on open space and play. One consultee in Somerset summed it up beautifully 'the message to young people, from adults, about their place in the public realm is very confusing - they want them away from the TV and Playstations, but not playing outside near their homes' ... more
The Archbishop of Canterbury has said that the high-pitched electronic device, 'Mosquito', designed to disperse groups of youngsters is "a sad example of an indiscriminate and knee-jerk response to a perceived problem, which only deals at best with symptoms, not causes"... more
Play is certainly enjoying a profile it's never had before at the moment. The Conservatives review of childhood is recommending measures to tackle the fact that the outdoors is 'hostile' to children. The most eye catching idea is bringing back park keepers, which is interesting as it has been reported as though the authors have not noticed the recent appearance of Play Rangers who are being funded by the local authorities and the BIG Lottery Children's Play Initiative ... more
There was great news this week for the many Play Partnerships who had applied to the BIG Lottery ... more
A good week for some of Cadence's clients and areas of interest this week with millions going into play and cycle routes ... more
ippr says that greater investment in playgrounds and clubs such as scouts and cadets could reduce offending by giving youngsters something constructive to do, while ASBOs can be seen as something of a badge of honour ... more
The way the media covered play expert Tim Gill's new book, "No Fear", about risk and childhood was instructive this week. Some picked up on his view that bullying is exaggerated ... more
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