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Betsy Thom, Rosemary Sales, and Jenny Pearce

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347329

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347329.001.0001

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Risk and the demise of children's play

Risk and the demise of children's play

(p.56) (p.57) four Risk and the demise of children's play
Growing up with risk

David Ball

Policy Press

This chapter discusses how issues around playground safety and fears of litigation have, in large part, undermined the value of playgrounds as a space where children can explore risk and experience ‘adventure’. It illustrates changes over time in attitudes towards the balance between fostering children's development of independence and autonomy and protecting them from harm. The chapter raises questions regarding the meaning of ‘risk’ and ‘safety’ for different groups of stakeholders, and documents growing concern regarding excessive or unnecessary restrictions on children's play activities.

Keywords:   playground safety, child safety, child development, independence, autonomy, play activities

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