About The Speaker
Theresa Casey, writer and consultant on play and children's rights in Edinburgh, Scotland's second most populous city. She has a degree in painting from Edinburgh College of Art and a Post Graduate in Playwork from Heriot-Watt University. Theresa's career has spanned adventure play for children with disabilities, developing play projects for children in disadvantaged communities with the Foundation for Child Development, Thailand, and supporting inclusion through play in schools and networks of community settings. She is particularly known for her books on play and for the Play Inclusive (P.inc) Action Research project, is a fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and her work has been recognised through a number of national and international awards. In 2011 Theresa was elected to serve a second 3 year term as President of the International Play Association, a worldwide membership-based association whose purpose is to preserve, protect and promote the child's right to play as a fundamental human right. This voluntary role involves leading the international Board on implementation of strategic goals on behalf of IPA members in 50 countries around the world. IPA is currently working closely with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in the development of their General Comment on article 31. Theresa Casey consultancy undertakes a wide range of projects related to play and children’s rights, encompassing inclusion and children’s environments, having particular expertise in supporting play in staffed settings, for example early years, schools, out of school provision and adventure playgrounds. She is the Chair of Trustees at East Lothian Play Association (ELPA) that exists to promote the benefits and value of play for children and young people living in and those working with children in East Lothian. In 2020, ELPA was proud to receive an international award for their work to support children’s right to play during COVID-19.