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Risky play references

References and further reading mentioned in the Risky Play issue of the Outdoor Practitioner magazine.

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Explore risky play outdoors from all sorts of perspectives, with reflective articles, practical guides, expert opinions and top tips from experienced outdoor practitioners including Kathryn Solly, Nikki Buchan, Dr Mel McCree, Tim Gill, Lou Ambrose and Matt Harder, trustee of FSA.

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Full stretch fun (p4)

Dr Mel McCree

Mentioned in or related to Mel's article and interviews

Karl Rohnke's comfort/stretch/panic model

The Comfort, Stretch, Panic model
Comfort, Stretch And Panic Zones In Social Skills Development
Youtube: An Introduction to Karl Rohnke’s Comfort/Stretch/Panic Model

Key resources we recommend on the subject of risky play

  • Managing Risk in Play Provision (2nd edn., 2012)
    A classic guide.
  • Outdoor Play Canada
    So much here, with thanks to Dr Brussoni, including a risky play quiz and interactive content for parents and educators, and a Risk Benefit Assessment (Canadian Toolkit). Pass it on!
  • Loose Parts Play Toolkit from Inspiring Scotland
    Developed in response to the play sector, by Inspiring Scotland with Juliet Robertson and Theresa Casey
  • London Play’s risk assessment form & PIPA RBA toolkit

Nature connection through risk (p16)

Louise Ambrose

Youtube: Forest School Lou

Prof. Miles Richardson, Finding Nature Research Blog: Beyond Nature Contact to Connection: A Missing Link in a Sustainable and Worthwhile Life
Tom Senninger, The Learning Zone Model
Frontiers for Young Minds, Have No Fear, the Brain is Here! How Your Brain Responds to Stress

Practitioners Voice

Kathryn Solly (p12)

Matt Harder (p28)

Bluebell Bushcraft

Design and technology programmes of study: key stages 1 and 2. National curriculum in England
Outdoor risky play and healthy child development in the shadow of the ‘risk society’: A forest and nature school perspective

Interviews with Dr Mel McCree (p30-32)

Tim Gill, Rethinking Childhood
Vicki Stewart, Brightwood Training
Sam Goddard, Cambium Sustainable

See also

Research & reports on risk

Balancing & managing risk in play; reports, research, reviews & official statements.

Reports & research documents are, as much as possible, arranged in chronological order, most recent at the top

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Books on risk

Further reading on risk from the Muddy Faces bookshop and beyond.

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Risk-Benefit Assessments

An introduction to the concept of risk benefit assessments, plus sample documents & templates (with a particular focus on mud kitchens) & links to risk assessment resources from other organisations.

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