An interesting item on the difference and advantages…

An interesting item on the difference and advantages of two different approaches.

As someone with a foot in both camps (playwork, SF) I’m interested in discovering what within playwork can be seen as SF-like. In particular, I’m interested in things that a playwork approach affords you, that more specific approaches like behaviour management, don’t.

”I went on in service training on a couple of years ago, though not with the originators (!). It struck me that if an alcohol worker was working with say a man with issues around drinking, and the worker used , then sooner or later the man would be talking about alcohol, and generating reasons to manage the drinking. If the worker used SF they would elicit his goals for an involvement, e.g. staying with his partner, keeping his flat, whatever, and the worker would work entirely with that goal. In the SF approach the man might still end up managing alcohol better, but it would be in order to serve the goal for change he had brought to the work. Given this difference I would assume that SF would be more effective because it used the motivation related to a goal for change that mattered to the man, compared to where the goal was the worker’s goal. I couldn’t see any advantages [this] would have over SFBT, though when I saw interviewing I was impressed by his engagement skills.“

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Radio 4 just now Midweek http www bbc…

Radio 4 just now. Midweek:

Discussion with a ‘playful’ furniture maker.

Topic – playing under a table when you were a child.

Now, this thought might not be original, and I don’t care (and I’d like to know the details if someone else is on record on this topic to help ensmallen my ignorance) but the thought, which is mine* is:

If you were brought up in olden times** you may have well lived in a house with a ‘front room’ which wasn’t used much, except when a vicar/priest/other religious figure/the police/the queen. Now, this room had a table. Children would sneak in there and play under the table. But, if you don’t have a ‘front room’, you don’t have access to a table to play under, PRIVATELY.

That’s the thought. It is obviously triggered by listening to Bob Hughes yesterday. (To find it search for his name in my search box over on the top left.) Bob was talking about the importance of play environments that enable ‘private’ play – out of sight of adults.

So the decline of the little-used front room is another aspect of the impoverishment of children’s play.

Observe a minute’s silence in memoriam, please.

* reference to old Monty Python dinosaur theory sketch in which Oxbridge poshboys lampoon an autodidact/crank.

**young people think that anything before they were born is ‘olden times’, with dinosaurs. I blame the teachers.

Eerie As I type this stuff right here…


As I type this stuff right here and now, on the topic of ‘boys and girls’, I hear John Humphries on Radio 4, in a jokey(ish) piece on women in business, saying men and women bring different things to the workplace, followed by a female colleague asking ‘isn’t that sexist?’

Like I say, eerie…

Is the playwork field* ready for a mature…

Is the playwork field* ready for a mature discussion of the differing needs and therefore different requirements of boys and girls?

I can think of reasons why it might be.
I can think of reasons why it might not be.

I can think of reasons why things might have changed since ‘the 70s’.
I can think of reasons why things might not have changed since ‘the 70s’.

I am aware of some of the scientific knowledge we have gained since ‘the 70s’.

I am aware of some of the societal changes since ‘the 70s’.

I am aware that saying ‘the 70s’, gives away my approximate age.


I repeat:

Is the playwork field*
ready for a mature discussion
of the differing needs
and therefore different requirements
of boys and girls?

So please contact me with thoughts, ta.

As Dirty Harry*** says:

“Do you feel lucky?”

I’m hoping to get enough responses from my extensive readership to be able to put together a presentation on this topic later in the year.

Over to you.

(problem – this blog doesn’t accept comments yet, I I haven’t set that up yet, so you can’t comment. so if you are reading this, you will be aware that Arthur Battram is on Facebook, so you could message me there, or you could email me, if you don’t already have my email** at: PleXity AT onetel DOT com.)

*They want to call it a profession,
I want to call it a craft,
technically it is a (noble) occupation,
yet the resources it has are similar to leaky tent in a field.
so I chose to call playwork a field.

    • my use of AT and DOT is a precaution to foil spambots, evil shape-changing robots from the planet Spa’m.
      • google him.

This posting doesn’t have a heading that’s because…

This posting doesn’t have a heading, that’s because it is entered on a desktop machine* via a browser**, rather than from the SUPERIOR android WordPress app.

Very very interesting item. Lying as a topic, and bad TV.

What I take from it is this:


What is the noun, is shrewdity, shrewdience, shrewdness? The latter probably, boringly.

What happened to shrewdness? I suspet it vanished at the same time that multi-tasking became fashionable. In the same accident, the deaths of free-speech, free-thinking and the near-fatal injuries to critical thinking were reported. The authorities said ”Someone must be at fault. There must be reasons, and blame. Someone did this. Someone is to blame. We do not accept that the world is complex, and we reject the charge that we have further encomplicated it“.

The Shrewd is an endangered species. Save the shrewd!

* Mac, ** Safari v.4.1.3, the last version that works under Mac OS 10.4 aka ‘Tiger’. Obsolescent? Not just yet…

The Indy sets out clearly the consequences of this level of yoof on the dole. Your mileage may vary, especially if some hoody nicks your beemer… – Leading Articles, Opinion – The Independent

Doctors don’t want to hear about anything that doesn’t lead to writing a prescription… Seth Roberts: Grandmother knows best about Crohn’s Disease

It’s not cute, it’s not play, it’s just some kid coerced into an adult agenda that means nothing to her.

Scottish mall-cop: it’s illegal to take pictures in the mall; Scottish cop: photographers can have their devices confiscated under terrorism laws