Outdoor Play and Participation Research Group

Formed in 2017, the Outdoor Play and Participation Research Special Interest Group aims to identify and disseminate research into outdoor play for children and young people. The Group is interested in both academic and practice based research into outdoor play. In the context of this group, outdoor play refers to play in all settings including; playgrounds, parks, rural areas, urban neighbourhoods, schools, preschools, back gardens, and foot paths. The Group focuses the needs of all children and young people aged 0-18.

The Group is open to all members of the Children’s Research Network.

The Outdoor Play and Participation Research Group is chaired by Christina Duff, and supported by the Research Coordinator of the Children's Research Network.

February 2020: Outdoor Play Research Special Interest Group Bulletin

We're delighted to bring to you the third Outdoor Play Research Special Interest Group Bulletin. This issue contains information from the sector on upcoming events and calls for papers, recent event updates as well as details of relevant research publications and projects underway.

Guest Editors: Dr Suzanne Egan, Mary Immaculate College Limerick and Karinda Tolland, Dublin City University

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Outdoor Play Space Design Guidelines Workshop

On 29th November 2019, the Children's Research Network Outdoor Play and Participation Special Interest Group held a workshop with the aim of creating research-informed guidelines for the design of outdoor play spaces for children and young people. The workshop brought together SIG members and invited key stakeholders with expertise in a range of areas and was facilitated by Jacqueline O'Loughlin, Chief Executive of PlayBoardNI, and featured guest speaker Alan Herron (Director of Service Delivery and Development, PlayBoardNI), and SIG members Dr Helen Lynch and Alice Moore (UCC) who discussed examples of international good practice guidelines, and learnings following their recent project developing guidelines for inclusive playgrounds with a local authority and city council in collaboration with the National Disability Authority.

The guidelines will provide information and guidance for those involved in the planning, design, construction or maintenance of outdoor play spaces. If you would like more information on this project, please contact Christina Duff through childrensresearchnetwork@tcd.ie


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