London Plan – call for Play policy to include Adventure Playgrounds


Some exciting news from the South… ‘Play England’s Chair of Trustees Nicola Butler attended the launch of the consultation of the New Draft London Plan which began on 1 December 2017. Play England welcomes the Policy S4 on Play and Informal Recreation which calls on London Boroughs to: – undertake audits of existing play and informal recreation provision and opportunities, and assessments of need, considering the quantity, quality and accessibility of provision – produce strategies on play and informal recreation facilities and opportunities, supported by Development Plan policies, to address identified needs. Play England would also like to see the […]

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” The national body, Play Wales is calling for a strong response from the playwork sector to proposed new qualifications in Health and Social Care, which includes playwork. Qualifications Wales, which published its review of the qualifications framework in July, is proposing to restrict the number of qualifications approved for funded training programmes in Wales, a move that would, according to Play Wales, weaken playwork training. Play Wales is ‘concerned that … the Playwork Principles would be diluted by incorporation into a single suite of qualifications’. In its draft response to the proposals, Play Wales states that the proposed changes will ‘impact negatively on […]

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Adoption of the new European Strategy for the Rights of the Child


  On 2nd of March 2016 the Council of Europe adopted the new Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021). It will be launched at a High Level Conference in Sofia on 5 and 6 April 2016, during the Bulgarian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers. The document aims to get all EU member states working together to realise the objectives of the Strategy over the next few years. The Council of Europe was founded in 1949 and is a regional intergovernmental organisation whose stated goal is to promote human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in its 47 member states, covering 820 […]

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The 14th National Playwork conference


It’s just a few weeks away now. There are a wealth of sessions covering the Power of Play, adventure playgrounds, Playwork Theory, Art and many other areas. For more information go to or email them to book your place

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Reclaiming public space through play

Child in the city logo

Can playing be used as a tool to reclaim cities for people; involving both children and adults in a process to re-inhabit public space? We can assert, yes, it can. The experience of “FLPP. Fronte di Liberazione dei Pizzinni Pizzoni” [Pizzinni Pizzoni Liberation Front] demonstrates it. Read more by following this weblink.

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New info sheet – Play sufficiency in Wales

Play Sufficiency in Wales

Wales is the first country in the world to legislate for children’s play through the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010. The Welsh Government ‘Play Sufficiency Duty’, as it has become known, places a duty on every local authority in Wales to assess for and provide sufficient play opportunities for children in their areas. This information sheet provides a brief overview of the Play Sufficiency Duty and the assessment process that local authorities have to undertake. It also describes Welsh Government’s aim to create a play friendly country by providing time, space and permission for children to play. The aim […]

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A new all party report on Childrens play

Play - A report by the all-party parlimentary group on fit and H

The 4th in a series of reports from this APPG on a Fit and Healthy Childhood it contains more than 60 recommendations which may be confusing for some. Adrian Voce OBE gives an in depth assessment of the report in his blog here and you can download the full report by following the link below. Play – A report by the all-party parlimentary group on fit and Healthy Childhood_corrected fp

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