Guidance on Playwork

The following documents are good practice guides for play.

Managing Risk in Play Provision: implementation guide

This guide shows how play providers can replace current risk assessment practice with an approach to risk management that takes into account the benefits to children and young people of challenging play experiences, as well as the risks.

ISBN: 978-1-84775-289-5
Link to Managing Risk in Play Provision Guide

Best Play

This report looks at how children benefit from play opportunities; how play services and spaces can provide these benefits; and how they can show that they are providing them. Produced in partnership with the National Playing Fields Association, PLAYLINK and the Children’s Play Council, Best Play will be of interest to practitioners as well as local authorities determining Best Value, government departments, funding bodies and all those working in children’s play.

To download a copy of Best Play from the Children’s Play Council website click here

Guide to Preparing Play Strategies

The London Mayor’s ‘Guide to Preparing Play Strategies – Planning inclusive play space and opportunity for all London’s children and young people’ is a practical tool to assist local authorities to meet the play and leisure needs of children and young people. It sets out the basis for providing children with accessible spaces offering free, high quality, inclusive play opportunities throughout their environment – a need commonly identified by parents/carers as well as children and young people.

The guide was developed by London Play on behalf of the Mayor of London. Copies of the guide can be downloaded from here

People Play Together More

Is full of practical advice on topics such as: cheap and interesting play resources; ways of setting up for play indoors and outdoors; tailoring opportunities to meet individual needs; techniques to support children to play together and tools for consulting children. There are tips for quick reference, core text with more detailed information and activities staff teams can do together to try out the approaches.

To order a copy (for £15.99 including p&p) contact Play Scotland on 0131 440 0456    or Email:

Management of Risk in Play Provision

Children need to and want to take risks when they play. For further information please read the undernoted position statement from the Play Safety Forum.

Managing Risk Statement

Playwork Principles

These Principles establish the professional and ethical framework for playwork and as such must be regarded as a whole.

They describe what is unique about play and playwork, and provide the playwork perspective for working with children and young people.

They are based on the recognition that children and young people’s capacity for positive development will be enhanced if given access to the broadest range of environments and play opportunities.

To view the Principles click here.