This website is managed and edited by Adrian Voce OBE, a former playworker, inclusive play trainer and now writer, consultant and campaigner for children’s right to play.
Adrian was the main government advisor on the UK Government’s national Play Strategy for England (DCSF, 2008). From 2004-2011, as chair, then director of the Children’s Play Council and founding director of Play England, he played the key role in securing almost £350m of public funding for children’s play and led the support for every local authority in England to produce an area wide play strategy as the basis for spending their share of the money. This unprecedented period of national policy support for children’s play also saw Play England produce: government endorsed guidance for planning, design and risk management in children’s play; a major academic literature review of play and public policy; and an innovative training and development programme in play principles for public realm professionals working in local authorities.
Previously, after a long career as a playworker, Adrian was the first director of London Play (1998-2004), securing policy commitments for children’s play from the London Mayor and drafting the Mayor’s guidance on play strategies for the London Boroughs. Under his leadership, London Play also built a number of successful independent play associations and developed the gold standard for quality assurance in staffed play provision in England: Quality in Play.
Adrian has produced a number of other influential publications and appeared often in the national media speaking and writing about play policy. He was awarded an OBE for services to children in 2011.
When he is not working, Adrian can often be found enjoying London’s parks and playgrounds with his two young sons, Eran and Theo, who have kindly agreed for their images to grace this site.
Adrian is available for writing and consultancy work related to children’s play and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org