Tim Gill

London, UK [Writer, researcher and advocate & consultant on childhood]

Workshop title: "Balancing risks and benefits in outdoor play and learning: a deeper dive"

This workshop will assist attendees put into practice a more balanced and thoughtful approach to managing risk in children's play and learning. It will look in more detail at the 'state of the art" in the UK, namely risk benefit assessment (RBA), and explore the relevance of this approach to a New Zealand context.

Personal Bios: Tim Gill is an independent researcher, writer and consultant based in London, UK. He is interested in children's everyday lives and the changing nature of childhood, with a focus on children's play and free time. His work cuts across education, child care, recreation, planning and urban design, and speaks to decision makers, academics, commentators, practitioners and the wider public.
Tim's book "No Fear: Growing up in a risk-averse society" was published in 2007. He holds a degree in philosophy and psychology from Oxford University and a master's degree in philosophy from London University. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University. Tim is a former director of the Children's Play Council (now Play England) and in 2002 he was seconded to Whitehall to lead the UK government's first comprehensive review into children's play. He writes for the mainstream media, trade and academic publications, appears regularly on radio and television, and is in global demand as a public speaker and workshop facilitator.

Tim Gill