Together supports calls around children’s play opportunities

Date: 20th August 2021
Category: Recreation, play and cultural activities

Two children doing cartwheels in the mud

Together has joined Play Scotland in warmly welcoming the announcement that £60 million will be invested in the renewal of play parks throughout Scotland. A joint letter sets out next steps to ensure the investment makes a real difference.

The expansion of play opportunities for all children and young people directly supports incorporation of UNCRC. The joint letter calls for a strategic approach to planning accessible and inclusive spaces with children and families.

It is recommended that Scottish Government and local authority partners agree to underpin playground development with:

  • an audit of playgrounds using the principles of Play Sufficiency Assessments
  • engagement with local families, children and young people
  • a strategic approach to planning accessible and inclusive spaces

Where possible it is recommended that plans are co-produced with local children and adults, as this can ensure there is a broad range of play opportunities, protecting children’s right to play at different ages and abilities.

The letter follows earlier calls from Together and our members to ensure the following:

  • Children’s rights are embedded in planning decisions, including through direct engagement with children.
  • Outdoor play spaces are accessible, safe and engaging for all children, with particular attention to children in areas of deprivation and disabled children.
  • Local authorities implement quality standards on green spaces which are regulated and monitored.

Read more about these calls on pages 34 – 35 in Together’s report here.

Read the letter to Scottish Government here.