The Frontline Playwork Award 2020

Frontline Playwork Award

Sponsored by: IPA England


The Shortlist is here!frontline shortlist 2020



  • Ali Wood
  • Keith Rogers
  • Kirsty Wilson
  • Martin King-Sheard
  • Nathan MacGillivray
  • Sharon Parrott

We are looking for somewhere where brilliant, awesome playwork takes place. This is about direct provision with children and young people. It is not for a headquarter organization nor for a group of settings. It is for one specific playwork setting. It could be any sort of provision whether based in a building or not. The judgment will not be based on numbers of participants nor on the amount of time that it delivers. But it has to be a regular and not a ‘one-off’ provision.

What the judges are looking for:

  1. How does the provision demonstrate its commitment to the playwork principles?
  2. What evidence can you give that what it does is playwork?
  3. What does it offer that is above and beyond what would normally be expected in a playwork provision: what is it that sets it above the norm – that makes it brilliant and awesome?
  4. What are the training and qualifications of staff?
  5. How does the promotion of the playwork ethos and principles to the wider community take place?
  6. In what ways does it support inclusion of ALL children and their families?