Theresa Casey

Theresa Casey Consultancy


Theresa Casey is an independent consultant and writer with a particular focus on children’s human rights, inclusion and play. She is based near Edinburgh in Scotland but works across the UK and further afield.

With more than 25 years’ experience, Theresa marries direct, practical experience from a range of children’s settings in the UK and overseas, with her skills in writing, creative project development and communication. She works closely with small, national and international charities and public bodies, to produce results with distinct character, impact and quality. Her work uses jargon-free, plain English, with awareness of accessibility and inclusion.

Theresa’s resources and publications include:
- toolkits, handbooks, booklets and online content for people who work for, or with, children and young people
- resources for parents and carers and for the people who work with them
- campaigning documents, briefings and video projects for people who want to make change happen
- child-friendly information and reports
- academic papers, journals and books.

Theresa is an experienced trainer and engaging public speaker.


- Thrive Outdoors, Inspiring Scotland
- Children’s Parliament
- Play Wales
- Commissioner for Children and Young People Scotland
- Children’s Play Policy Forum
- International Play Association: Promoting the Child’s Right to Play (IPA)
- PlayRight Children’s Play Association (Hong Kong)
- P4Play (People, Place, Policy and Practice) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, European Joint Doctorates programme in Occupational Science
- PlayBoard Northern Ireland
- Play Scotland
- Scottish Older People’s Assembly
- City of Edinburgh Council
- East Lothian Council
- Play Midlothian


- BA Hons Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art
- Post-graduate Playwork, Moray House Institute of Education
- International Play Association (IPA) Honorary Life Membership
- Play Scotland: 25th Anniversary Award (Outstanding publications)
- IPA Valerie Fronczek Globe Award
- Nancy Ovens Trust: Best Play Initiative
- Nancy Ovens Trust: Outstanding Contribution Award
- Play Scotland: Outstanding Achievement Award (National and International)
- Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.


Theresa understands the voluntary sector - she chaired a local charity helping it establish itself as a respected service provider and was the elected President of an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) which successfully energised its worldwide membership and was able to work directly with UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

She is proud of the impact of resources she has delivered. "IPA Play in Crisis Information Sheets for Parents and Carers" were produced during the coronavirus pandemic and were subsequently updated for other challenging situations around the world. They have been translated into more than 10 languages including Ukrainian, Japanese, Turkish and Arabic.
The popular "Loose Parts Toolkit" (2019) remains the Thrive Outdoors (Inspiring Scotland) most downloaded and requested resource.

Guides such as "Listen, engage, have fun: Guide on involving children in child rights impact assessment (CRIA) and child rights impact evaluation (CRIE)" demonstrate Theresa’s ability to work with complex ideas to produce accessible, user-friendly material. In this case the Guide (2022) was a result of collaboration with three respected human rights bodies in Scotland, for the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland.

Theresa has learnt a great deal about writing from her husband and children, all of whom are dyslexic.