Written reports

Play

Play Return report coverThe Play Return: A review of the wider impact of play initiatives
Report published in 2014 on the measurable impact of initiatives to improve play opportunities. Commissioned by the Children’s Play Policy Forum. Summary post here, with a posts on the background to the project here.

Dairylea Simple Fun report
This report, published in 2011 and produced as part of a Facebook campaign on childhood and parenting that Tim helped to shape, argues that children today are missing out on everyday freedoms, and do not have enough opportunities to play, be with friends and enjoy simple childhood pleasures. The report is based on specially-commissioned market research, and includes ideas for parents.

Risk

MRPP cover imageManaging Risk in Play Provision: Implementation Guide (second edition)
Co-author with Prof David Ball and Bernard Spiegal. Published by Play England (2013). Endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive. Revision supported by Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and Playboard Northern Ireland. (First edition published in 2008.)

Nothing Ventured… Balancing risks and benefits in the outdoorsCover of Nothing Ventured

Published by the English Outdoor Council in association with the Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel (2010). Contains supporting statements from Tom Mullarkey OBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, and Judith Hackitt CBE, Chair of the Health and Safety Executive.

“A fine report” David Spiegelhalter, Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University.
“An intelligent and timely publication” British Mountaineering Council.

Nature

Sowing the seeds report front coverSowing the Seeds: Reconnecting London’s children with nature
Report published in 2011 by the London Sustainable Development Commission (the body that advises the Mayor of London on sustainability). Sets out a new vision for children’s relationship with nature, and maps out an action plan to reintroduce nature into their lives.

The London Evening Standard covered the report’s launch here.

An executive summary and literature review have been produced, alongside the full report. This blog post has news of the report’s launch, and this post summarises the findings of the literature review.

“An excellent report, which I am already using as a reference document” Professor Fraser Brown, Leeds Metropolitan University.

River Restoration Projects and Children’s PlayCover for Growing AdventureCover for River restoration projects and children's play
Published by London Play (2010)

Growing Adventure: Final report to the Forestry Commission
Final report of a value-based strategic review of the Forestry Commission’s approach to outdoor play. Published by the Forestry Commission (2006).

Planning, urban design, public space and play space

Cover of GLA Supplementary Planning Guidance on playProviding for Children and Young People’s Play and Informal Recreation: Supplementary Planning Guidance to the London Plan
Planning standards for the Mayor of London (2008). Prepared with EDAW (now part of AECOM). An updated version of this guidance was published in 2012. This kept much of the approach of the original document.

Can I Play Out? Lessons from London Play’s Home Zones project.
Evaluation report published by London Play (2007).

If a Play Area is the Answer, What is the Question? [pdf link]
Short illustrated paper on the role of play and play facilities in visitor attractions. Written as an internal document for managers of National Trust properties and sites. For more see this blog post.

Cycling

Cycling and children and young people [pdf link]
Report published by the National Children’s Bureau (2005).

“A timely call to get active, get on your bike and get young people cycling… makes a clear case for encouraging more young people to cycle.” Review in Young People Now magazine.
“The appendix on cycle helmets was the most even-handed presentation I have ever seen – a marvel of fairness packed into a very small number of pages.” Jim Tubman, father of four and commuter cyclist, Calgary, Canada.