Second edition of ‘Managing Risk in Play: Implementation guide’ launched

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Playlink Launch at the House of Commons of Second edition of ‘Managing Risk in Play: Implementation guide’. Play England and the Play Safety Forum yesterday launched the second edition of ‘Managing Risk in Play Provision’ at a reception hosted in the Palace of Westminster. CIMSPA is a core member of the the Play Safety Forum and was represented at the event. The new edition of this sector-standard implementation guide recognises that children need exciting places to play, which inherently means risk situations, and offers guidance to providers for reconciling this with the need for children’s safety. It introduces the concept […]

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News from the new Crowdfunding for Childhood website

‘The last few months have been very exciting, but we are still a small and totally voluntary organisation and in order to continue our development we now need to start raising some funds.  We will be looking for grants for specific projects, but we need help to cover our ongoing costs and, to that end, have now set up a new crowdfunding site that shows you some of the things that we would like to do. We feel this is much more in tune with our ethos of bringing together lots of passionate people who want to help us champion […]

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IPA Newsbrief – Issue 22, October 2013

Here’s a link to the latest International Play Association Newsbrief – Issue 22 – October 2013 . Enjoy!

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General Comment 17 on Article 31 is here to save the day!

We all know that children have a right to play as recognised by Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). But today, 30th September 2013, the Committee on the Rights of the Child officially launched General Comment 17 on Article 31 of the UNCRC. The purpose of this General Comment is to clarify and emphasise the responsibilities of governments around the world in terms of upholding children’s rights to play, rest and leisure. In particular the general comment recognised the need to: “Create time and space for spontaneous play, recreation and creativity, and […]

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A new petition we like : ‘Stop promoting toys as only for boys, or only for girls’

Change.org have a new petition entitled  “Toy Retailers in UK and Ireland: Stop promoting toys as only for boys, or only for girls” and are asking people to sign. It’s important and we’ve signed it. Will you do it too? Here’s the link: http://www.change.org/petitions/toy-retailers-in-uk-and-ireland-stop-promoting-toys-as-only-for-boys-or-only-for-girls-2

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Charities criticise government’s Antisocial Behaviour Bill

24 young people’s charities have criticised the government’s Antisocial Behaviour Bill as “criminalising children for being children”.  In his Huffington Post article, Matthew Reed of the Children’s Society explains why – http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/matthew-reed/anti-social-behaviour-bill_b_3415823.html 

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Be a part of Play England

Join Play England today and support us in our work to increase children’s freedom to play. As a member you will be the first to receive the latest news from Play England and the wider world of play, receive discounts on Play England publications, events and seminars, and have the opportunity to participate in networks and forums. Most importantly you will be part of a growing movement campaigning for children’s play! Who should join? Anyone who’s interested in children’s right to play! Whether you’re an individual or organisation, add your voice and help shape the future of play in England. Types […]

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An Islington story

Fears that new planning laws may lead to loss of adventure playground sites.   Last year Adrian Voce worked with Islington Play Association on its project to secure land for adventure playgrounds in the inner London borough. Here, he describes the work and its outcome – and why finding such a solution to this issue has never been more important. Read how Islington has faced the challenge – click here

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IPA Press Release – UN Article 31

UN STANDS UP FOR CHILDREN’S RIGHT TO PLAY, ARTS AND LEISURE IN A LANDMARK MOMENT FOR CHILDREN! United Nations adopts in-depth interpretation of ‘forgotten’ children’s rights. Please click here

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Time to join the Free Time Consortium

Are you committed to increasing children’s freedom to play? Do you work in the play sector?  Is your organisation a charity, a non-profit company, a social enterprise or a community interest company?  Are you interested in support for capacity building, sharing good practice and information or partnership in joint fund raising bids?  If the answer to all these questions is YES, then perhaps the Free Time Consortium is for you. The Free Time Consortium (FTC) was born in 2011 as a Play England-led partnership of 17 play organisations to access £2m government cash from the Social Action Fund for a […]

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