Changing times and spaces

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Changing times and spaces
1 Spaces play a key part in shaping social interactions and relationships. Thinking critically about work with children, young people and families, should involve reflecting on practice through examining particular cultural, social and physical spaces.
1.1 Seen and Heard – reclaiming public space for the young Demos -This video makes the point that the use of public space is connected with both the concept of modern childhood and the kinds of relationships between adults and children that we develop.
1.1.1 Demos argues that the issue of public space is not better playgrounds or more playing fields, but the impact of the sharing of public spaces on people’s quality of life.
1.1.1.1 It is, they suggest, the unstructured use of public space that is important. Demos goes on to suggest, and you may agree or disagree with this, that some of the bigger aims of society and social policy, including urban regeneration, poverty and sustainable communities, will be undercut if this issue use of public spaces is not addressed.
2 Thinking about spaces involves thinking about how children’s and young people’s spaces influence the formation and maintenance of relationships between peers and with adults. It means looking at how the production of spaces involves constructing both a place and a place in a society.
2.1 Michael Rosen’s programme, ‘The people in the playground’ audio - Michael Rosen’s programme reveals the continuing social and cultural roles of school playgrounds, with their traditions, both old and new, co-existing. These are still places where the social lives of children are played out and where children’s culture, their games, their stories, their codes and their language are created. One of the examples discussed in this audio is how a game which causes arguments has evolved its own set of social rules. Lunchtime supervisors ‘school buddies’ and ’pals’ also talk about how the playground operates as a social space with its own rules.
2.1.1 Children in hospital beds were often unhappy because they were not tucked in at night how they preferred and there was not enough space in their beds for toys. - This could be improved by asking children how they wanted their bed made and perhaps putting a chair next to the bed for their teddies to make it feel more like home.
2.1.1.1 The Evelina Children’s Hospital - example of good space
3 Spaces matter, Horton et al. argue, because they are complex products of interrelations and interactions; they are the products of interrelations and they shape social interactions. They are essentially mobile and fluid: people, things, and ideas flow within and between spaces
3.1 Places and spaces also matter because it is often in the ordinary, small-scale, frequently unnoticed places and spaces that practices and services most affect children and young people. They also matter because it’s important to understand how spaces are experienced by different children and young people.
3.1.1 Horton's Chapter argues -Within the space that we live, there are also smaller “microgeographies” within these environments, for example the sofa or the bed. These smaller, everyday environments are often very important when working with children and young people to help practitioners understand their issues, needs and experiences
3.1.1.1  Small adjustments to these microgeographies can make a big difference to the child's happiness and well-being
3.1.1.1.1  Microgeographies are often overlooked because practitioners have many more important issues to consider, however creating good, practical microgeographies for the children using them can create happy more content children in the long run meaning these areas are actually very important
3.1.1.1.1.1 Bean bags placed next to a toy which more boisterous children preferred. This is not good next to the quite area of the beanbags as this could upset the children that just wanted to sit down and relax. - This could be improved by moving the more boisterous toys to another part of the nursery away from the quite area, that way both the boisterous and quite children would be happy.
4  Groups of young people in public spaces are easily seen as a threat whether they are or not – the use of space has become an intergenerational issue.
4.1  Specific spaces and areas are often viewed territorially by young people themselves, whether they are involved in crime or not
4.1.1  Strategies to prevent groups of young people from congregating in places deemed unsuitable, such as through the use of Mosquito devices which emit a noise irritating to young people (and only young people).
4.1.1.1  The surveillance of public space via CCTV cameras is an issue that affects us all, as their use has grown rapidly in the UK in the 21st century. However the scrutinisation of young people and their use of space is even more explicit.

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