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The Child's Right to Play - The Reasons Why

  

Why does the world's  most successful Treaty, the UN Convention on the Rights of The Child, include the Right to Play?   Why is so much emphasis given by educators, doctors, researchers etc to this?  

   

It is because for the Child, its Play may be 'messing about', Fun. seemingly aimless, something every child does without thinking whether it has to or not, but it is also just about the most important thing it does. 

    

Play is about Learning, about trial and error, about discovery, about relationships, indeed about exploring the world around it.   Not for nothing has Play been called 'the child's natural business'.  

  

Imagine a world where suddenly something stops all our adult activity in its tracks.  Who would do the 'next thing' and what would that be?   Children might just Play?   They do in every conceivable situation and circumstance as soon as they are able, they colonise, explore.   

    


And yet, we adults have ensured that much of the child's play environment has been compromised - residential streets occupied by the car,  children's freedom to play restricted by fears, intolerance, adult agendas and pressures.   Their health is compromised as is their healthy development.  

    

The role of Fair  Play for Children is to keep that right and obligation before society, and to encourage people to fight for its advance.  We seek your support, membership, ACTION.      We are a Campaign for The Child's Right to Play - JOIN US!

  


Just a thought .....  imagine a world without children playing and where we cannot join in  with them!


Fair Play Features

What Fair Play is doing, its policies and projects


Fair Play for Children News   

We publish 2x weekly, covering  issues around childhood, play, health and other rights set out in the UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD - see below for text


We also publish midweek The Fair Play for Children Research Resource, which can be viewed HERE


NEWS AND FEATURES about Children and Childhood, from all over the World.   Their Play, Rights, Health, about Youth Work, Youth Curfews, Justice, Children and Society, Child Protection ....  Articles, Video and Photos.    This is where you can find out what is happening to Childhood, around the world, what governments are doing .... and not doing.    AND ... what we (you and me) ARE doing and can be doing ....  Read our paper, Fair Play for Children News ......




 


 FAIR PLAY FEATURES
                      Latest from Fair Play for Children

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Fair Play's Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child - UK Review 2016

This is our NGO report to the Committee raising issues about the UK and Article 31 (The Right to Play).  Serious questions raised about UK non-compliance.  Click on title above to read.

            Adventure Play - A Brief History

Two new publications from Fair Play about Adventure Playgrounds, both by renowned playworker, Tony Chilton.   Click above for A Brief History and HERE for Risk and Play on Adventure Playgrounds



View HERE: Britain Must become Play Wise for its  Children


  Fair Play launches its Play Wise Partnerships   Programme to put children in the driving seat to regain their places to play. Read our guide, also tells us your ideas


Unfair Play for Children
Reports revealing Freedom of Information results of survey of English Councils re their expenditure on Play since 2009.   Also re cuts to youth services.  


NEWS FROM OTHER SOURCES - & then select News Links

                                           

What the Law says Your Local Education Authority should be doing about Children's and Young People's Recreation Here

Fair Play's information note explains their duties and obligations.





1 acre for every 18 .... Golfers fare better than kids....  HEREThere are around 16100 playgrounds in England serving an estimated 11.2 million children aged under 16, or 1 acre of playground for every 752 children 

 



Stolen Streets, Stolen Childhood


Fair Play's dynamic report on how kids have been cheated of 3/4 million acres of playspace - by the parked car and ... by adults   HERE





Other Issues

 COMMUNITY
Acceptable Behaviour in Tower Hamlets? Is it ok for police and council to ask kids to sign ten things they won't do which they haven't been doing anyway? Or for one of them to be told she can't visit five estates where she has all her family and friends? For threats of loss of home as part of the process? Fair Play followed 5 young peoples' encounters with ABCs.               


                                                           

I signed 'cos mum said we'd lose our home if I didn't sign'

Worrying Fair Play report about "acceptable" behaviour contracts


CHILD PROTECTION

CAMPAIGN - Introduce law requiring adults working with children to report alleged abuse - Sign Petition


 

 

 



The United Nations Convention on the Rights of The Child

Contact Fair Play for Children fpfc@fairplayforchildren.net