Play Safety Forum

The Play Safety Forum (‘PFS’), formed in 1993, exists to consider and promote the wellbeing of children and young people through ensuring a balance between safety, risk and challenge in respect of play and leisure provision.

The PSF works to identify, develop and disseminate advice and guidance in the context of:

  • Determining and promoting a balanced and thoughtful approach to risk, challenge, benefits and safety
  • Advising on policy and practice in relation to risk benefit and safety in places where children and young people play; and in particular making such advice available to Government departments, agencies and regulators
  • Keeping abreast of research and development relevant to the PSF’s interests.


The PSF is a UK wide organisation working, among others, with Government in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, acknowledging the common and different areas of legislation, regulation, policy and guidance within those countries. 

PSF Membership

The PSF membership currently comprises:

  • Nominated individuals from each of the four national play agencies: Play England; PlayBoard, Northern Ireland; Play Scotland; and Play Wales
  • Nominated individuals from each of the following national organisations, all invited because of their interest and work in the play and play safety of children and young people: Association of Play Industries; Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity; Child Accident Prevention Trust; Fields in Trust; Health and Safety Executive; KIDS; Learning through Landscapes; Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents; and SkillsActive
  • Invited individuals co-opted by the agreement of the PSF in session, offering specific skills and expertise as advisors.

Procedures and Protocols

  1. The aim of the PSF is to pursue its objectives through the contributions of its members, and within the support of their nominating organisations, where appropriate. All members have been identified as having experience, expertise and/or partnerships and professional links of relevance to those objectives.
  2. The nominees of the four national play agencies and the nine named national organisations comprise the core membership of the PSF.
  3. Each of those organisations shall identify a nominated person to attend PSF meetings. When nominees are unavailable, a substitute may attend meetings.
  4. Invited individuals and any new organisations to be admitted to the core shall be agreed by the PSF in session.
  5. The PSF shall from time to time determine the term of office of members and advisors as it sees fit.
  6. The PSF shall normally meet four times a year.

 Play Safety Members (as at February 2014)


  • Robin Sutcliffe

Core Membership 

  • Neil Coleman - Play England
  • Jacqueline O’Loughlin - PlayBoard, Northern Ireland 
  • Marguerite Hunter Blair - Play Scotland 
  • Mike Greenaway - Play Wales - 
  • Andy Yates - Association of Play Industries 
  • Carl Hagemann - Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity 
  • Katrina Phillips - Child Accident Prevention Trust
  • Helen Griffiths - Fields in Trust  
  • Frances Kelly - Health and Safety Executive 
  • Katherine Shaw - KIDS 
  • Mary Jackson - Learning through Landscapes 
  • David Yearley - Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents 
  • James Willis – insurance sector representative
  • Jeremy Dymond – local authority representative

Individual Advisors

  • David Ball - Middlesex University
  • Tim Gill - Rethinking Childhood
  • Bernard Spiegel - PLAYLINK
  • Jean Wenger - Active Risk Management Services

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