Poverty Alliance briefing on Play Strategy Action Plan

Date: 12th November 2013
Category: General measures of implementation
Author: Poverty Alliance

The Poverty Alliance has released a Parliamentary Briefing with regard to the Scottish Parliament Debate on the Scottish Government's Play Strategy Action Plan.

The Poverty Alliance welcomes the publication of the Scotland Play Strategy Action Plan and the debate in the Scottish Parliament. Play is important to all children for their cognitive and social development, but the Poverty Alliance believe that more attention should be given to understanding the needs of children who are living on low incomes when implementing the Play Strategy for Scotland.

The briefing highlights that given the additional barriers that children and parents living on low incomes experience; they must be prioritised in the delivery of the Action Plan. If this is not the case, then it is likely that those children who stand to gain most from the approach outlined in the Scottish Play Strategy will lose out.

Scotland's Play Strategy was published on 21st June 2013.

A Play Strategy Action Plan was then published by the Scottish Government on 29th October 2013, which aims to support the earlier Strategy by setting out the steps needed to realise the Government's vision for play.

Article 31 of the UNCRC include emphasises that States Parties recognise 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. Earlier this year, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child adopted a General Comment no. 17 on the right to play.