'Making it happen'
New guide shows how the charter for children's
play can improve play opportunities.
Wednesday 16 September 2009
A new practical guide from Play England, Making it Happen:
Implementing the Charter for Children's Play, shows how
organisations, children and families can use the Charter for
Children's Play to improve children's play opportunities.
Adrian Voce, Director of Play England, said: 'The Charter for
Children's Play illustrates what all children should be entitled
to, in order to enjoy their right to play under the UN Convention
on the Rights of the Child. This guide to implementing the Charter
shows how everyone involved in children's lives can ensure that
their right to play is protected and that excellent and inclusive
play opportunities are available to all children, regardless of
circumstances or background'.
The Charter for Children's Play's eight statements, set out a
vision for play and aim to act as a catalyst for individuals and
organisations to examine, review and improve provision for children
and young people's play and informal recreation.
Organisations whose services directly impact on children and
young people, such as local authorities, voluntary organisations,
groups and clubs, health, education and social service providers
can endorse the charter to raise awareness of the importance of
play, use the eight statements and action points as a basis for
planning services that relate to play, and use the charter to
review all services that have an effect on children's play and
Children, parents, community groups, play associations and
politicians can use the charter to support the creation of better
play opportunities in their area, for example, persuading their
local authority to adopt the charter as part of their
Play England has also published the charter as a colourful and
inspiring poster and a children's version.
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