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ZURICH INSURANCE: Do the ‘underwrite’ thing and don’t bar adventure playgrounds from your services

Play England and London Play are calling on Zurich, which recently withdrew its cover from several adventure playgrounds, to revisit its decision, issuing a Joint Statement which highlights what could be lost should other insurers follow suit. Lawrence Waterman OBE, chair of the British Safety Council said: “Young people need to learn about taking and managing …

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Our submission to Labour Party Consultation on Statutory Youth Services

Today, Play England made its full submission to the Labour Party’s consultation on Building Statutory Youth Services. Play England welcomes Labour’s consultation on ‘Building a statutory youth service’. We support the creation of a National Strategy for Youth Work and a Charter underpinned by law, to define sufficient levels as well as a sustainable funding …

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Shiremoor leads the way on quality in play

Shiremoor Adventure Playground is the latest play organisation to be accredited with Quality in Play (QiP), Play England’s quality assurance system for playwork practitioners. Shiremoor, in Newcastle upon Tyne, is a former mining area with high levels of deprivation. The adventure playground opened in 2010 as part of the Play Pathfinder Programme on a previously …

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Adventure into Sport helps children and families get active

  Play England is delighted to announce our new project, #AdventureintoSport which launches on Monday 26 June. At the moment, too many children are leading inactive lives with increasing numbers either overweight or obese.  Many are growing up in over-crowded housing without access to quality play and sports opportunities outside school. Adventure into Sport offers …

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Playwork qualifications – July UPDATE

Following calls by Play England for playworkers to lobby qualification awarding bodies to extend registration of Playwork Diplomas CACHE and City & Guilds have reviewed their stance and extended the registration for some of the qualifications for another year. Thank you to all those play workers and play organisations who took the time to write expressing their …

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Job vacancy: Senior Development Officer

Senior Development Officer (Ref: SDO 2017) 28 hours p/w, location to be negotiated £24,737 (incl London weighting, if applicable) Play England is looking for an experienced development officer to deliver the new ‘Adventure into Sport’ project. The post holder will work with a play project in Bradford, Yorkshire and another in Tower Hamlets, London to …