The Playwork Principles

  1. All children and young people need to play. The impulse to play is innate. Play is a biological, psychological and social necessity, and is fundamental to the healthy development and well being of individuals and communities.
  2. The prime focus and essence of playwork is to support and facilitate the play process and this should inform the development of play policy, strategy, training and education.
  3. For playworkers, the play process takes precedence and playworkers act as advocates for play when engaging with adult led agendas.
  4. The role of the playworker is to support all children and young people in the creation of a space in which they can play.
  5. The playworker’s response to children and young people playing is based on a sound up to date knowledge of the play process, and reflective practice.
  6. Playworkers recognise their own impact on the play space and also the impact of children and young people’s play on the playworker.
  7. Playworkers choose an intervention style that enables children and young people to extend their play. All playworker intervention must balance risk with the developmental benefit and well being of children.
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