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March 16th 2012

Youth, Recreation and Play

Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation, University of Greenwich (UK) 31st May 2012


Our next conference will be on Thursday 31st May, at the Maritime Greenwich Campus, and will be held in conjunction with the journal Youth and Policy. The conference will take place all day, from 9.30-5.00 p.m., to be followed by a wine reception from 5.30 p.m.

The conference will be organised broadly in three strands, focusing on the theory, practice and history of the theme.

The new "London Network for the History of Children" will also be launched on that day.

If you are interested in speaking on this topic, then please get in touch with us at this e-mail address,

A more formal Call for Papers will be circulated very shortly. The deadline for expressions of interest and abstracts of 250 words will be on April 23rd, but we welcome early submissions.

For more information contact:

Dr Mary Clare Martin and Dr Keith Cranwell
Centre for the Study of Play and Recreation
School of Education
University of Greenwich
Avery Hill Campus


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March 5th 2012

Researching Children’s Everyday Lives

V&A Museum of Childhood, London (UK) 5.30 - 7.00 Monday 12 March 2012

Dr Olivia Stevenson of the University of Glasgow will be speaking at the above seminar at the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood in London. The event offers complementary perspectives on children’s everyday lives with Dr Stevenson discussing her work on children, families, technology and domestic space within the recent project ‘Young Children Learning with Toys and Technology at Home’ at the University of Stirling. Mary Guyatt (Queen Mary, University of London) then turns to the family lives of middle-class children between 1870-1914 and the sources available from the period.

More information see the V&A link below.


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February 29th 2012

Seminar: Children, Media & Culture

Room A6.7, Harrow Campus, University of Westminster, London (UK) 2 – 4pm 7th March 2012

Máire Messenger Davies, Professor of Media Studies at the University of Ulster, will be speaking at seminar organised by the Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) at the  of University of Westminster

In this seminar, Máire Messenger Davies, will touch on issues raised in her book, Children, Media and Culture, including the role of children’s media in current adult debates around media policy, and the value of children’s broadcast media both for children themselves, and for society more widely. She will touch on particular examples, and encourage the audience to reflect on their own experiences of children’s media.

Máire Messenger Davies is part-time Professor of Media Studies at the University of Ulster in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, where she ran the Centre for Media Research between 2004 and 2010, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Glamorgan. A former journalist, with a degree in English Literature from Trinity College Dublin, and a PhD in Psychology from the University of East London, she has taught and conducted research in universities on both sides of the Atlantic. She still believes, as the title of her first book about children’s television asserts, that ‘Television is Good for Your Kids.’

All welcome, but please contact Dr Anastasia Kavada at if you wish to attend.


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February 29th 2012

SEMINAR: ‘Play and Health Seminar’

National Children’s Bureau, London (UK) 20th March 2012

A one day conference which brings together the evidence and academic research between play and health and the positive outcomes it brings for children and young people. Aimed at Public Health Staff, Health Professionals, Play Practitioners, Physical Activity Co-ordinators, VCS, Schools, Early Years Professionals.

Speakers include: Dr. Len Almond FRSA, Visiting Professor, School of Human Sciences, St. Mary's University College.
This seminar will provide evidence based research and examples of good practise which illustrates the benefits of play and offers the opportunity to hear about successfully commissioned play projects.

Book now if you want to:

• Understand the growing evidence for play and health
• Be inspired by effective ways to ensure the new public health national physical activity guidelines from early years upwards are reached 'Start Active, Stay Active, DFE, 2011'
• Be informed about the commissioning process plus hear on the ground case studies from around the country focusing on play and health.

Cost: £45 per person, NCB/Play England Members £40.

Please visit for a booking form.

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November 26th 2011

Toy Fair 2012

Olympia, London (UK) 24th – 26th January 2012


The British Toy & Hobby Association welcomes you to register for Toy Fair 2012.

The Exhibition will be open Tuesday 24th January to Thursday 26th January at London's Olympia. The Toy Fair is the largest dedicated toy trade event in the UK, devoted to the toy, game and hobby business and is the most important exhibition date for the UK toy industry.

Exhibitors range from large internationals to new inventive start up companies, providing visitors with a real insight into an innovative, dynamic and exciting industry.

Toy Fair is a strictly trade event and is not open to the public. It's free to all pre-registered trade guests and £15 on site.

Toy Fair is a great opportunity for visitors to touch, feel and experiment with the products of the future. The exhibition is a showcase, a networking opportunity and an ideal event to do great business in an exciting environment.

Toy Fair welcomes: Buyers, merchandisers, licensors, media, play specialists, inventors, marketeers, designers, suppliers to the trade, distributors, importers, agents, educational specialists and indeed anyone associated with the seriously fun business of toys.

If you have any questions or queries contact the Toy Fair organisers direct on or 020 7701 7127 and speak to Christine or Simon.

See also 


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October 2nd 2011

Child and Adolescent Health and Well-being: Confronting parental alcohol misuse and its effect on children


Broadway House, London SW1 (UK) 10th November 2011


The Childhood Research and Policy Centre at the Institute of Education (University of London) are holding the above special symposium in central London.

Over the years, alcohol policy in the UK has been predominately shaped around the negative consequences of harmful drinking on an individual’s health and behaviour, particularly amongst young people. What has largely been ignored, however, is the effect parental alcohol misuse has on children. According to a recent report highlighting the issue, more than 2.6 million children in the UK live with hazardous drinkers and more than 8 million people are affected by a family member's alcohol use.

With the Government currently in the process of developing its alcohol policy, this special symposium seeks to initiate a key dialogue in order to raise awareness of parental alcohol misuse and to discuss solutions to protect affected children and young people. The symposium will:

  • Explore what strategic and practical steps must be taken at a national and local level to better tackle parental alcohol misuse
  • Consider how to increase awareness and understanding of alcohol misuse amongst the public and practitioners
  • Examine how to safeguard children against the harmful psychological impacts of parental alcohol misuse
  • Discuss how to strengthen multi-agency working to deliver a holistic, ‘whole family’ approach

There is a 20% early registration discountoff the standard delegate rates for all bookings received by 7th October 2011. For further details about the symposium see the web link below. .



September 26th 2011

Slippin’: Reflections on Participation at the Margins

University of Central Lancashire (UK) 4-6pm 4th October


The Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation at the University of Central Lancashire will be holding the above seminar as part of the children and Young people in Society Seminar Series.  

This seminar is a structured opportunity to consider the applicability of participatory theory with (very) socially excluded young people. It is drawn from the doctoral research experience of Simon Newitt, whose work with third and fourth generation African-Caribbean young men in St Pauls, Bristol, raised a number of issues for the applicability of much participatory theory. Slippin’: A Participatory Enquiry into Youth, Masculinity and Mental Health emerged from a Participatory Action Research project with six young men aged 15-21 between June 2010 and May 2011. The study explored the generative themes of respect, gang violence, drugs, race and community, before the research collective embarked on making a short documentary film on coming of age in St Pauls.

It will be held in Room Ha326, Harrington Building, Adelphi Street, Preston PR1 7DR, Session free, refreshments provided.

To book a place email

Directions to the campus can be found at: 


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September 26th 2011

Tackling Michael Gove’s Education Revolution: CAUGHT IN THE [EDUCATION] ACT

University of London Union, London (UK) 10am - 3.30pm Saturday 19th November 2011


Michael Gove’s new Education Act gives the Secretary of State some 50 new powers. What is the agenda behind this shift of power to the centre? What is the role of profit in these plans? How can education be defended? Join the workshops that will be led by our guest speakers to discuss the way forward.

Workshop sessions include:

Clyde Chitty/Melissa BennA Divided Education System

David Wolfe(Matrix Chambers) - Implications of the new Education Act

Stephen Ball(Institute of Education) – Privatisation

Martin Johnson(ATL) – Edubusiness

Sam Ellis(ASCL) – Paying the Price

Christine Blower(NUT) – The International Scene

Patrick Roach(NASUWT) – What Next?


For more information, please go to: Conference fee: £20 (including buffet lunch).

Organised and supported by: Anti Academies Alliance, CASE, Comprehensive Future, FORUM (, ISCH, Socialist Educational Association. 



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August 8th 2011

Children as Economic Contributors and Consumers

University of Cambridge (UK) 30th September - 2nd October 2011


The Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past (SSCIP) will be holding their 2011 Autumn Conference (above) at the University of Cambridge.

The theme this year will be child labour in the past. As in previous years, the conference will include sessions addressing the conference theme and also and on other aspects of recent research into children and childhood in the past.

In 2011, the themed sessions will bring together scholars from a wide range of academic disciplines including history, archaeology, literature, sociology and anthropology to consider different aspects of children and work in the past, including children as economic contributors, children as consumers, the impact on children and society of working in childhood, and changing attitudes to working children. The aim will be to advance cross-cultural knowledge and understanding of childhood and children in the past, and in particular on the nature and impact of work performed by, or for, children in the past.
Speakers from three continents will be attending and papers will range from prehistory to the modern day with a particular focus on the nineteenth century.


To find out more and to register for the conference visit

Or contact Dr Carenza Lewis at

Postal address: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, Downing St, Cambridge CB2 3ER.






August 8th 2011

A Grimm Legacy: The Impact of Grimms’ Tales in the English-Speaking World

Kingston University London (UK) 6th – 8th Sept 2012

2012 marks the bicentenary of the publication of the first volume of the Kinder- und Hausmärchen by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. To mark this occasion, the Department of English Literature and Creative Writing at Kingston University is planning a series of open lectures and a conference assessing the impact of the Grimms’ collection upon literature and culture in the English speaking world. Proposals for conference papers are invited on the following subjects:

  • Translations of Grimms’ tales into English
  • The influence of Grimm upon British collectors of fairy tales (such as Joseph Jacobs and Andrew Lang)
  • The impact of Grimms’ tales upon literatures in English (including British literature, North American Literature, Australasian Literature, African literatures in English, Caribbean Literature in English, and Indian literature in English)
  • Uses of Grimms’ tales in English-language visual media (such as film and television)
  • Uses of Grimms’ tales in English-language performing arts (such as drama and dance)
  • Grimms’ tales and British Romanticism
  • Grimms’ tales in Victorian Britain
  • Grimms’ tales in colonial and post-colonial contexts
  • Illustrations and art works relating to Grimms’ tales
  • Grimms’ tales in the electronic age

This will be a multi-disciplinary conference, and contributions from any disciplinary perspective will be welcome. We also welcome proposals to read creative work, screen films, mount performances and exhibit visual work.

Please submit an abstract of approximately 300 words, and a brief contributor’s at no later than January 31st 2012.

See the university website for more details at






May 5th 2011

Touch in(g) children’s Lives

Wentworth Castle, Stainborough (nr Barnsley) (UK) 17th – 23rd June 2011


Play Therapy UK (PYUK) will be holding the above event at Wentworth Castle in Yorkshire from 17th to 23rd June this year. Touch is a ‘hot topic’. It is essential for normal, healthy child development. It has been widely held for decades that the absence of nurturing, parental touch significantly influences growth in children, leading to such problems as delayed mental and physical development. In social and psychological studies, researchers have found that with touch deprivation, children often grow into juveniles and adults who show tendencies toward physical violence, sleep disorders, suffer from suppressed immune systems and even show some tendencies toward impaired growth development

Its use in therapy with children is vital. However the current climate of risk avoidance in Western society, recent child abuse tragedies and much media speculation surrounding issues involving sexual violence against children make touch a sensitive subject with parents and the authorities. This is why we have made it our theme for 2011. To encourage our members to use appropriate touch more in their practice and to help parents regain skills that have been lost over the years.

The format of the conference this year gives you a choice from seven post qualifying courses of 3-day, 4-day and 7-day duration courses. These are not merely CPD events with attendance certificates. They will significantly enhance your skills and provide PTUK/PTI Post Qualifying Certificates to aid your career development. In today's harsh financial climate we believe that you will want lasting value from your investment of time and money.

For more details and booking see the PTUK website


April 21st 2011

New Perspectives in Education and Culture

 British Film Institute, London (UK) 22nd June 2011

The above ESRC day seminar will be held at the BFI in London. The seminar asks questions such as, ‘What are the relationships between popular culture and people’s identities, in particular as learners? What kinds of ‘teaching’ and ‘learning’ go on within the everyday space of popular culture? What are the intersections of these processes with class, ethnicity, gender and sexuality?

Guest speakers include: Professor Beverly Skeggs (Goldsmiths College, University of London) speaking on ‘Performing feminine selves in Reality TV: returning the sensual spectacle of women’s labour’; and Dr Rebekah Willett (London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education) on: ‘An Ethnographic Study of Preteen Girls’ Play with Popular Music on a School Playground in the UK’.

Practitioners discussing their work on the day will include: Wendy Earle (British Film Institute (BFI) Online Education Manger); Noel Goodwin (BFI Education Programmer, Young People); Adrian Mills (Chief Adviser, BBC Children's & BBC Learning); Dr Jo Twist (Commissioning Editor, Education, Channel 4); and Jenny Grahame (Media Consultant, English and Media Centre, London).

For more information and booking details see: or contact Prof. Jocey Quinn at

April 20th 2011

The Beauty of Play 2011: The Dark Side of Play

Staffordshire (UK) 9th – 11th September 2011

Ludemos announces the date and location for this year’s annual playwork under canvass Beauty of Play event. It will take place in Staffordshire over the weekend 9th – 11th September 2011 on the theme of The Dark Side of Play.

Everything has at least two sides: different perspectives that reveal the essence of the object, the feeling or attitude we are interested in. What would day be like without night? Summer without winter? The individual without society? The opposite of what we wish for helps reveal the boundaries of our desire – in games we like to be chased but not always to be caught; the last chocolate in the pack tends to be the sweetest and the one most savoured. And so it is with play; while it is often celebrated for its benefits, play also has a dark side, which according to our viewpoint may be seen as silly and troublesome, naughty and cruel or dangerous and deadly.

Previous Beauty of Play themes have included Beauty, Playing with Feeling, The Senses, The Elements, Creativity, Wildness and Everydayness. For more information, booking details and previous event reports see

Early Bird bookings are being taken up to 21st June 2100.

April 20th 2011

Safe Tree Swings in Public Space Seminar

Highbury Fields, Islington, London (UK) 19th May & 9th June 2011

London Play, in partnership with the London Borough of Islington Greenspace Department, presents a Seminar combining a practical (hands on) demonstration of using trees to swing from in public space with an examination of how to ensure that a robust Risk/Benefit Assessment can be presented to the management of the space, both to ensure children are safe and to satisfy any public liability insurance requirements.
The seminar is aimed at managers of public space in parks and housing estates, playworkers, playwork managers and youth workers. Each person attending will receive a free copy of the London Play publication “Children’s Tree Swings A guide to good practice”, written by Leo Murray.
For more information and booking details see the London Play website [here].

April 15th 2011

Effective parenting and child well-being: understanding the evidence base

Jeffery Hall, Institute of Education (London) Tuesday 21st June 2011

The Institute of Education will be holding the above event for researchers, policy makers and those working to support families and parents.

Parents have an enormous influence over the development, education, health and well being of their children. Rapid social, demographic and economic changes over recent decades mean that the demands and pressures on parents are changing. It is important that policies designed to support parents and improve the quality of parenting have a secure evidence base and are relevant to the circumstances of today's families. In Britain we are fortunate to have uniquely detailed longitudinal evidence from the cohort studies and other longitudinal studies on the ways that parenting and childhood circumstances can impact on individuals through the life course. These studies also enable us to understand how families and parenting are changing over time. This conference provides an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and those influencing policy to come together to share information about the latest research evidence and discuss implications for policy.

For more details visit the website or contact Nick Field

April 15th 2011

Services for Bereaved Children: Joined-up provision from care to counselling

 Westminster Studio (London) 27th April 2011

Neil Stuart Associates will be holding the above event at Policy Review TV’s Westminster Studio (London) on 27th April 2011.

This conference will give the opportunity to discuss best practice with leading experts and how the needs of bereaved children can be met through joined-up thinking from hospices and hospitals, schools, local authorities, community and voluntary organisations.

Bereavement services are moving up the political agenda, with the Palliative Care Review bringing funding changes for end-of-life and bereavement services in 2011. The Review’s interim report stresses the need for better integration of health and social care services, echoing the End of Life Care Strategy’s statement that care does not stop at the point of death.

The purpose of the conference is to:

• Map the journey from end-of-life care to bereavement support, and discuss how to provide joined-up services
• Explore methods for developing bereavement care in hospitals, including A&E
• Get advice on setting up and leading bereavement support groups
• Hear an update from the Palliative Care Funding Review, and the impact this will have on funding for bereavement services
• Discuss how bereavement professionals can forge and improve relationships with health services for better communication, including hospices and GPs
• Examine ways to support the most vulnerable children:
looked-after and disadvantaged children
• Explore best practice in working with older children and young people
• Discuss strategies for hospices, charities and local authorities to gain community involvement and support
• Learn how best to support children following sudden and unexpected death
• Consider the link between parental loss and delinquency and what can be done to prevent this

For more details see or contact Jacqueline Gorman at

March 21st 2011

Mapping the Landscape of Childhood

University of Lethbridge, Alberta (Canada) 5th May - 7th May 2011:

The University of Lethbridge, Alberta (Canada) will be holding the above conference 5th – 7th May 2011 to discuss childhood in the past, present & future.  

 Beginning in the last decade of the 20th century, disciplines long dedicated to the study of the child and childhood have been revitalized, while those whose attention to childhood had waned significantly since mid-century are newly engaged with the central problematic of what the child and childhood represents.  Figured in the plural, childhoods pose a significant crossroads for theoretical and empirical work on the nature of being human and development broadly construed, and childhood as an experience, as a social category, as an artistic and literary construct, as a category for historical and demographic analysis, as a category of personhood, and as a locus for human rights and policy interventions. 
Considering childhoods of the past, present and future, scholars will present research results, policy approaches, and theoretical paradigms that are emergent in this re-engagement with the child and childhoods.  Bringing together divergent networks of expertise organized around childhoods, this conference offers the opportunity for new research collaborations and the scholarly dissemination of innovative research. 

Conference themes include Indigenous Theories of Childhood; Gender & Childhood; and Health, Disability & Risk

See website for more details [here].   

March 21st 2011

Perspectives on Contemporary Legend 2011

The Hilton Hotel, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (USA) 24th - 27th May 2011:

The International Society for Contemporary Legend Research (ISCLR) will be holding their 29th International Conference at the above venue on 24th – 27th May 2011. The conference will explore all aspect of contemporary, urban and modern legend research. 
A growing field of folklore research concerns the legends, rumors, and beliefs that circulate through modern media and the complex networks of modern communications. Contacts among international scholars has led to surprised recognition that stories or motifs thought to be distinctive to a given country or locality in fact were circulating simultaneously in many parts of the world. Likewise, narrative elements thought to be "modern" or "urban" have in fact turned up in historical materials dating back to ancient times.

In order to gain a better understanding of the dynamics and function of these "contemporary" genres, scholars have recognized the need for worldwide links among legend and rumor scholars. The ISCLR encourages study of so-called "modern" and "urban" legends, and also of any legend that circulates actively. Members are especially concerned with ways in which legends merge with life: real-life analogs to legend plots, social crusades that use legends or legend-like horror stories, and search for evidence behind claims of alien abductions and mystery cats. We invite all who have an interest in these areas to join us.  

For more information see website [here]

The Society also has a Facebook page that can be accessed [here]

January 13th 2011

All To Play For: schools & playworkers building partnerships together

Baildon Recreation Centre, Bradford 16th March 2011:

No Ball Games! conferences & seminars will be holding the above event from 9.30am – 3pm on Wednesday 16th March 2011. This is a day conference packed full of presentations, information and breakout sessions organised by No Ball Games! on behalf of the Bradford Play Partnership to support the Play Strategy for Bradford. The day aims to inform, inspire and build partnerships between schools and playworkers in improving the lives and learning of Bradford’s children and young people.

The day will include a keynote speech by Marc Armitage,‘Play, the glue that holds the school day together’, and a number of choice sessions including, ‘What makes playwork different?’, ‘Playwork: more than just games’, and ‘Why is the playground square?’

For more details see the website [here].

No ball Games! organises bespoke conference and seminar events for local council's and voluntary sector organisations for people who work with and for children and young people.

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