Policy for Play

A survey of practitioners has overwhelmingly endorsed the initiative to create a new membership body for playwork.

The survey, which ran from December 2014 to March 2015, received 155 responses from playwork practitioners, including managers, trainers, lecturers, researchers, campaigners and development workers, as well as face-to-face playworkers.

95 per cent of those responding replied ‘yes’ to the question, ‘do you think playwork needs a new body in the UK?’.

96 per cent of respondents to the survey said they would be interested in joining such a body if it was formed, with more than 76 per cent saying they would be either ‘extremely interested’ or ‘very interested’ in joining.

The survey also asked about priorities for a new body. Top of these, according to the aggregated responses, should be:

  • ‘to represent playwork and playworkers; giving us a collective voice’; followed closely by
  • ‘raising the status of playwork and improving the…

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