"You just can't let them do anything anymore you know..."
* Why is risk important in children's play?
* How can we protect children's right to play and protect children at the same time?
* What is risk-benefit assessment and how can it help - rather than hinder - adults who work where children play?
'The Busker's Guide to Risk' explores why risk shouldn't be a four letter word when it comes to children's play. It starts from the right of children to play in a way that involves not only physical, but also social and emotional risk, and supports adults in developing a practical approach to balancing the need to protect children with the benefits of play.
Shelly Newstead is Managing Director of Common Threads Publications Ltd, a social enterprise which aims to develop playwork practice. She is also Managing Editor of the Journal of Playwork Practice and Vice-President of the International Committee for Children's Play. Shelly is the series editor of 'The Busker's Guides' series. She lives in the UK.
Introduction. 1. Risk and Responsibility. 2. Putting the benefit into risk assessment. 3. Risk Assessments. 4. And finally... . Further Reading.