About THERESA CASEY Consultancy

Child contemplating worms

Theresa Casey Consultancy was founded in Edinburgh in 2001 with the aim of providing tailor-made services to organisations working for and with children. Since then we have worked locally, nationally and internationally to deliver:

Workshops, seminars and consultancy support are tailor-made for the target participants. All are highly participatory, aiming to build on the participants’ and/or organisations’ own experience, skills and knowledge. Please contact us for more details or to discuss your ideas.


Delivered within conferences and events, or tailored to individual settings or groups of settings, the following are few examples of workshops designed and delivered by Theresa Casey Consultancy:

Risk-Benefit Assessment for Practitioners * Inclusive Play * Play Environment Design * Inspiring Outdoor Play * Exploring Article 31 * International Perspectives on the Right to Play * Play Policy Development * Nature Play *


Boy in tyreBest delivered in partnership with local authorities of local play or community organisations, our seminars bring together combinations of presentations, workshops, exhibitions and study visits to create an inspiring complete ‘package’. Recent examples of include:

Untangling article 31: play, culture and arts in 21st century childhood: a seminar jointly organised with Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art (2011)

Grounds for Play: a full-day practical seminar taking participants step-by-step through the process of redeveloping outdoor environments for play and learning delivered in partnership with City of Edinburgh Council in (2010 and 2011).

National seminars on children’s rights in Scotland for Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) (2009 and 2010)

Risk It!: co-organised with PlayLINK, this national conference introduced the risk-benefit assessment model to play providers (2009)

The Child’s Right to Play – International Perspectives, Local Action: an international forum with speakers from Thailand, Scotland and Nicaragua organised with IPA Scotland (2008)

Presentations and talks

Theresa is invited to speak at conferences and events in the UK and overseas. In general she speaks on the topics of children’s play rights, inclusion, children’s environments, article 31 (play, culture and arts) and International Play Association initiatives.

Theresa’s presentations are richly illustrated with words and images from her work in the UK and internationally.

Recent presentations have contributed to events of:
PlayBoard Northern Ireland, North Lanarkshire Community Play Association, Sefton Council, Aberdeen Play Forum, Play Scotland/NHS Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, Midlothian Association of Play, Scottish Out of School Care Network, University of Edinburgh and Scottish Borders Out of School Care Network. She has given keynote presentations to events in Australia, China, Sweden, Hong Kong and Brazil.

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Play space

Theresa Casey projects are many and varied, and have included:

Play environment design and development projects: these have an emphasis on inclusion and participatory methods for designing and building richer play spaces. Recently completed projects include

Study visits, exchanges and programmes

Play Inclusive Action Research Project (2002-4, 2004-2007), funded by the Scottish Executive, investigating the ways in which play supports inclusion among children of diverse abilities and needs. Contact us for details of publications from this project.

Consultations and evaluations


Training packages/handbooks




With the International Play Association

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Global Consultation Orientation Meeting
"With participants from a variety of countries including Mexico, Thailand, India, Bulgaria and Japan, the workshop had to be conducted in English. Theresa managed to involve everyone in every aspect despite language, cultural and gender differences. The workshop atmosphere was friendly and inclusive. It was clear that Theresa is passionate and knowledgeable about the importance of play in children's lives."
Cynthia Morrison - Director, Active Learning Libraries – South Africa,
President, International Toy Library Association

"Theresa is very skilled at working with children of all abilities and brings their ideas to life. We have been lucky enough to work with her as a consultant, project manager and trainer and she is creative and dynamic in all three roles.


"We needed someone who could work with the children, the staff and the designer to bring together ideas for inclusive sand and water play into a workable design. Our 'sandscape' is now in place and has transformed and expanded the way children of all abilities can play. The skills and experience Theresa brought to the process were invaluable."
Celine Sinclair - CEO, The Yard Adventure Play ground

Inclusive play consultation
"Theresa Casey led a consultation with disabled children in Edinburgh on their experience of outdoor play areas. The result was one of the most useful pieces of research I have commissioned and helped considerably in getting important messages across about the accessibility of play spaces."
Margaret Westwood - Senior Play Development Officer, City of Edinburgh Council

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