Inclusive play in Scotland: complete the survey now!

Date: 5th August 2014
Category: Recreation, play and cultural activities

A survey has been launched to review inclusive play in Scotland and is calling for responses from children and young people.

The survey explores the existing barriers to inclusive play, aspirations about inclusive play and ensuring inclusive play experiences.

A Review of Inclusive Play in Scotland was identified as a high priority within the National Play Strategy Action Plan (2013), recognising that all children in Scotland have the right to play. The Plan particularly mentions the play rights of disabled children and young people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Play Review hopes to find out about:
- the existing barriers to inclusive play in Scotland
- the aspirations about inclusive play
- approaches, tools, practice and strategies that work well in ensuring play experiences and opportunities are inclusive.

This review will gather information in four ways: using existing information, an online survey, interviews and conversations, and three consultation events.

Please take part in this important review by completing the following survey and encouraging others - adults, children and young people - to do so too. The review is particularly keen to hear from more children and young people.

The Closing date for both surveys is Wednesday 27th August 2014.

The review team hopes that you can become involved and share your experiences, information and views.

You can contact them at: Theresa Casey and Anne-Marie Mackin

Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) recognises the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child, and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts. Article 31 puts an obligation on State Parties to respect and promote these rights and encourages the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.