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Policy & Politics
Does mobilisation increase family engagement with an early childhood intervention programme? A randomised controlled trial

Evidence & Policy
Plural forms of evidence in public health: tolerating epistemological and methodological diversity

Journal of Poverty & Social Justice
The contribution of child maintenance payments to the income packages of lone mothers

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 Journals now on Editorial Manager

We are pleased to announce that Evidence & PolicyPolicy & PoliticsVoluntary Sector Review, Families, Relationships and Societies, Journal of Poverty and Social Justice and Critical and Radical Social Work are now on Editorial Manager. Details on manuscript submission are available on individual journal pages. 

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 Journal of Playwork Practice

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Managing Editor: Shelly Newstead, Common Threads
Associate Editors: Jennifer Cartmel, Griffith University, Australia, Chika Matsudaira, University of Shizuoka Junior College, Japan and Eric Worch, Bowling Green State University, USA
Practitioner Editor: John H. McKendrick, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK 

Published in association with Common Threads

Volume 1 2014 2 issues per annum: April and November

ISSNs 2053-1621 (Print) 2053-163X (Online)

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What people are saying about the Journal of Playwork Practice

"The Journal of Playwork Practice is a long-awaited and invaluable resource which will support us in developing playwork practice throughout Hong Kong and South East Asia"
Aby Chau, Playright Children's Play Association

"A valuable addition to the discussions about childhood in the twenty-first century."
Perry Else, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

"A rigourous and serious accessible journal that will inform and provide research tools towards further development of practice and understanding within the playwork field."
Jess Milne, winner of Lifetime in Play award

"An excellent, high quality resource that will support and inform the work that we do and contribute to informing the playwork practice of the practitioners that we work with."
Rachel Maflin, Play Development Office, Gavo

"I welcome the Journal of Playwork Practice as a playwork-led forum and anticipate the emergence of a lively, authoritative and distinctive addition to scholarly writing on childhood."
Tim Gill, author of No Fear

Call for papers

The Journal of Playwork Practice will include a balance between peer-reviewed research papers and shorter, practitioner-focused contributions; historical and contemporary articles; international and UK perspectives.

Peer-reviewed papers

We would like to invite the submission of papers between 6,000-8,000 words on empirical and conceptual research relevant to playwork practice. Papers are invited from any discipline or subject area, from contemporary and historical perspectives and from all aspects of theory, philosophy and policy.
With this first call for papers we would particularly welcome papers in the following areas;
- the chronological or thematic development of adventure playgrounds and/or playleadership schemes
- the nature of childhood
- epistemological and methodological issues as applied to research and practice
- overview and analysis of key theories and concepts used in playwork practice (for example; affordances (Gibson, 1977), loose parts (Nicholson, 1971), neophilia (Morris, 1967))
- analysis of local, national and international policies and legislation in relation to working with children
- children’s culture, rights and participation
- play as currently described by the Playwork Principles
- children’s experience of ‘playwork’
- biographical essays on key figures in historical and contemporary playwork practice.
Scholars from outside the playwork field are not expected to relate their material to contemporary playwork practice. All papers are refereed by at least two reviewers, one of whom will be an expert in the subject area of the paper and one will be a playwork scholar. The Editors would welcome abstracts of not more than 150 words emailed to Detailed submission guidelines will be sent to those authors whose abstracts fall within the remit of the Journal of Playwork Practice.

Practitioner articles

The Journal of Playwork Practice also welcomes contributions from playwork practitioners working in any context. At this time we would be particularly interested in receiving;
- reflective accounts on the implications of using playwork practice in diverse settings and contexts (for example; zoos, holiday resorts, childcare, hospitals)
- photo essays which illustrate specific aspects of playwork theory or practice
- examinations of theories as applied to playwork practice
- explorations of areas of playwork practice which identify areas for further research.
All practitioner articles are reviewed by the Editorial Team and at least one playwork scholar to ensure suitability for publication. Please email your ideas to for further information and guidance on submitting an article.

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