Fair Play For Children
Promoting the Child's Right to Play since 1973 in the UK and Worldwide according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child
" Fair Play gives excellent support around Play-work issues offering leaflets and policy documents as well as up to date news and information. Ideal for any organisation offering play activities with children. "
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Play Deprivation [Website]
 A briefing sheet on the effects of play deprivation.
"An Analysis of Curfew Enforcement and Juvenile Crime in California." [Website]
 Citation: Males, Mike and Dan Macallair. 1999. Western Criminology Review 1 (2). [Online]. Available: http://wcr.sonoma.edu/v1n2/males.html. ABSTRACT In recent years cities and localities across the country have expanded the use of youth curfews to address growing public concern about juvenile crime and violence. By reducing the number of youth on the street during certain hours, curfews are assumed to lower the risk factors associated with youth crime. Curfews have been widely cited by policy makers as an effective tool for reducing youth crime. However, no comprehensive analysis of the effects of these laws has been completed. This study analyzes arrest, reported crime, and mortality data from jurisdictions throughout California for the 1980-97 period. There is no support for the hypothesis that jurisdictions with curfews experience lower crime levels, accelerated youth crime reduction, or lower rates of juvenile violent death than jurisdictions without curfews.
10 Top Tips for Fundraising [Website]
 A briefing sheet with 10 funding tips taken from The Venture: a case study of an adventure playground that have helped to ensure a range of funding support to meet the projects needs.
Play Wise Programme: Play Streets in London timeline [Website]
 The history of the creation of Play Streets in London.
A Position Paper on Play [Website]
 Playboard Northern Ireland publication
Adventure Play [Website]
 This is a facsimile version of a booklet Harry wrote for the then National Playing Fields Association in 1983 (published 1984). Although it has been out of print for over twenty years, some people still refer to it as a key document of its time, and some of the things it says are as true today as they ever were (more so maybe).
Annotated Bibliography - Children's Play [Website]
 11 page summary, 2012
Basic document from the The National Safety Council of the USA [PDF]
 Basic document from the The National Safety Council of the USA.
Certified Playground Safety [Website]
 American Page - Children love playgrounds. Parents love playgrounds. Whether they are located at a school or in a park, playgrounds not only provide an outdoor recreation opportunity---they contribute to a sense of community. Unfortunately, time spent at the playground can also lead to a trip to the emergency room. The good news is that government agencies and nonprofit organizations have developed standards and certifications that promote playground safety.
Charities and the Equality Act 2010 [Website]
 The long-awaited Equality Act received Royal Assent on 8 April 2010 and is likely to be implemented in October 2010. It is therefore important that charities take this opportunity to consider the (often underestimated) impact the Equality Act 2010 may have on their operations.
Child Care - US Census Bureau [Website]
 Information collected on child care through the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) has evolved over the years to include comprehensive data on child care use, cost, and receipt of government assistance. Beginning with the 1996 SIPP panel, child care data were collected about all arrangements for all children under the age of 15, regardless of parental labor force status. Earlier SIPP panels only collected data on the primary and secondary child care arrangements for a limited number of children, and usually only for employed parents.
Child Care Registration - General [Website]
 There are different types of registered childcare provision depending on where the childcare takes place, how many people are providing the childcare and the ages of the children who are cared for. This is a short guide to the different types of care and their registration status.
Child Development [Website]
 Let children be children. Child development does not mean pushing your child around to make him live your dreams. Learning is the most important aspect of child development which needs an open mind and generous heart. A series of titles online.
Child Protection - Subject Access Checks [Website]
 An individual is entitled to exercise their rights to obtain information that is held about them under the Data Protection Act 1998. This process is known as a subject access request. This is not a criminal records check, it is intended for you to see what details the police systems hold about you. A subject access request is an individual's right of access to verify the information held about them on police computers. Contact your local police to get a form.
Child protection: Safeguarding our children [Website]
 Play Wales, 2008 Policy and procedures for adoption and adaption
Child protection: Safeguarding our children [Website]
 Policy and procedures for adoption and adaption
Children Act 2004 [Website]
 The Children Bill received Royal Assent on 15 November and is now the Children Act 2004. The Act provides a legislative spine for the wider strategy for improving children's lives. This covers the universal services which every child accesses, and more targeted services for those with additional needs. The overall aim is to encourage integrated planning, commissioning and delivery of services as well as improve multi-disciplinary working, remove duplication, increase accountability and improve the coordination of individual and joint inspections in local authorities. The legislation is enabling rather than prescriptive and provides local authorities with a considerable amount of flexibility in the way they implement its provisions.
Common sense common safety [Website]
 Report on the review of the operation of health and safety laws and the growth of compensation culture. Recommendations include: simplify the process for schools and similar organisations before taking children on trips; single consent form to cover all activities a child may undertake during his or her time at a school; shift from a system of risk assessment to a system of risk-benefit assessment
Consulting Children About Play [Website]
 Written by Mark Gladwin, this factsheet gives practical ideas on ways of consulting children on play opportunities and facilities.
Daycare - Registration [Website]
 There are different types of registered childcare provision depending on where the childcare takes place, how many people are providing the childcare and the ages of the children who are cared for. This page explains the different types of childcare and has links to guidance providing details on registration.
Enabling Environments: Let's explore ... dragons [Website]
 Put books at the heart of your activities based on a favourite myth ical creature, along with art and small-world play, as Helen Bromley suggests. Dragons are creatures of myth, fantasy, magic and legend. These amazing winged reptiles have the power to fascinate and inspire tales of adventure, bravery and daring.
Expert Guide to the Southwark Judgement [Website]
 The Southwark Judgement, made by the Law Lords in May 2009, is a piece of case law that obliges children's services to provide accommodation and support to homeless 16- and 17-year-olds. In the past, many children's services deemed that young people in this age group did not necessarily "need care" from local authorities but "help and support" in accessing housing benefits.
Fields in Trust Toolkit [Website]
 This toolkit is a one stop guide to help you ensure the success and sustainability of your outdoor spaces. It includes technical advice, funding and finance, working with volunteers and communities, and more general resources. The Toolkit provides handy PDF downloads, signposting to other useful websites and Case Studies to highlight how other groups have used this information - or you can view our frequently asked questions to help you on your way.
Funding for Play [Website]
 Whether you are an established community group, or just starting out trying to find ways to improve your community spaces, this guide is designed to point you in the right direction. It is not intended to be a list of fundraising ideas, but an outline guide for those intending to raise larger sums of money by securing grants from local and national funders.
Guidance on play etc involving children with disabilities - series from KIDS [Website]
 A series of briefings including: Making The Links - Playful Short Breaks for Disabled Children (May 2009) Online Guidance Briefing for Transition Support Workers (April 2009) Online Guidance Briefing for Play Pathfinders & Playbuilders (April 2009) Inclusive Design for Play (Feb 2009) Inclusion into Practice (Dec 2008) Aiming Higher for Inclusive Play (2008) An essential site!
Guidance on what to look for in a play designer [Website]
 This factsheet gives brief guidance on choosing a play designer, as outlined in Shackell, A and others (2008) Design for Play: A guide to creating successful play spaces. London: DCSF, DCMS and Play England.
Holiday Playschemes Activity Guide [Website]
 These fun themed activity ideas from 4Children offer a balance of structure and imagination that encourage children’s creativity, enable them to develop confidence, inspire them to take risks, support them in learning to cope with change and allow them to discover how they fit into the world around them and how they can have an impact on it.
Hop Skip and Jump - 1 [HTML Version]
 CLICK to Play VIDEO: History of the Rise and Fall of Children's Games in the UK [opens new page]

How to keep children safe while they play games for kids [HTML Version]
How to Raise Funds for Children's Play [Website]
 This factsheet is designed to act as a guide to help you to secure funding towards a project on children’s play. It covers the essential steps you need to think about in order to get your funding.
I have a right to play out too! - Celebrating outdoor play for disabled children [Website]
 This new PIP briefing celebrates outdoor play for disabled children – the theme of the PIP regional seminars held in 2009. It is being published alongside a more in-depth KIDS briefing (which will shortly be available on our website) looking at the wider issues around play and health. The new PIP briefing focuses on practical examples and case studies of disabled children and young people accessing outdoor play drawn from the PIP seminars and National Inclusive Play Network members. It is intended to complement the KIDS briefing on play and health, and will be particularly useful for play rangers and play providers who want to promote more outdoor play opportunities for disabled children, as well as local authority play pathfinders and playbuilders who are currently in the process of developing new playgrounds or refurbishing existing outdoor play spaces with government funding from the National Play Strategy.
International Journal of Play Vol 1,1 [Website]
 ISSN 2159-4937 (Print), 2159-4953 (Online) Publication Frequency 3 issues per year
International Sources of Information on Play [Website]
 Compiled by CPIS, this is a list of international websites and organisations related to children's play, focusing on the right to play, research and design and planning for play. Updated annually
Make Time for Play [Website]
 Tips on how to provide time for children to play
Natural Play Initiative - some planning and operating principles [Website]
 Most children prefer to play in a natural environment. This publication provides links to other publications from a variety of sources dealing with a range of issues around the natural play environment.
Nowhere to Play [Website]
 Report from Freedom of Information survey of councils re actual and planned closures of play areas
Ofsted Child care - Early Years Register [Website]
 Guidance, in download PDF or Word Format, on registration of child care for children aged under 5 years.
OP CRC: Toolkit on the complaints procedure to the CRC [Website]
 A childrens rights complaints mechanism at the UN has been a long time in the making. More than 20 years have passed since the Convention on the rights of the Child (CRC) entered into force, and almost every country in the world has now formally accepted its duty to respect and uphold childrens international human rights. The Committee on the Rights of the Child has, from the very beginning, had the authority to review how countries have met their childrens rights obligations. Yet unlike other UN human rights conventions, the Committee was powerless to provide child victims with redress when governments breached their rights.
 The purpose of the guide is to give practical advice and guidance regarding the safety of play equipment and play areas provided by businesses such as public houses, restaurants, hotels and similar establishments and suggests how proprietors may meet their legal duties under the legislation. It seeks to do this by identifying the key points to consider when introducing play equipment and establishing a proper programme for its inspection, maintenance and repair. Pull out inspection checklists are available for you to use in the centre of this publication.
Outdoor play under threat from local facilities and funding cull [Website]
 A huge cut in spending on play facilities by councils over the past four years has led to scores of playgrounds closing and many staff losing their jobs, a CYP Now investigation can reveal. Responses to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request submitted to all local authorities reveals nearly one in three have removed some staffed and unstaffed play provision since 2010.
P 3 Trainers and Asssesors [Website]
 The trainers on this list are qualified and competent to teach the Playwork: Principles into Practice Level 2 qualification.
Participant research list [Website]
 List of research projects on aspects of children's play re Play England
Party ideas for childcare and activity settings [Website]
 Party ideas for childcare and activity settings This 4Children guide provides inspiration for different types of themed parties - a great way to get everyone involved! Whether it’s a summer party outdoors, a multicultural celebration or an event to inspire budding Olympic hopefuls – there are plenty of adaptable options to suit all ages and settings.
Permission to Play: Game Changing Research [Website]
 04/28/2011 11:30 AM Jane Gould, Senior Vice President, Consumer Insights, NickelodeonDescription: Are there now too many issues attached to the practice of play for it to be just plain fun? Nickelodeon executive Jane Gould describes a study on kids' play that reveals real tensions within the family on the subject. Although parents feel confused and conflicted, and kids stifled and controlled, families are managing to find some happy common ground as well.
Planning for Play [Website]
 Guidance on the development and implementation of a local play strategy
Play and Card [Website]
 Playboard Northern Ireland publication
Play and Learning [Website]
 A Playboard Northern Ireland publication
Play and Mental Health at School - Play Scotland Information Sheet [Website]
 Reasons why children need to have ample time to play within the school day
Play and Social Inclusion [Website]
 Playboard Northern Ireland publication
Play and the Environment [Website]
 Playboard Northern Ireland publication
Play and the Plug [Website]
 A briefing and position statement on children's use of computer games and their relevance within play settings.
Play provision, the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Ofsted Early Years Registration process in England [Website]
 This briefing is aimed at those offering play provision for children in the early years, from birth to the 31 August after their fifth birthday. It is a summary of the legal requirements as set out by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) that came into effect from September 2008.
Play Wales Library [Website]
 The Play Wales Library is based in Play Wales National Office in Cardiff Bay. We also have a smaller collection of reference books and resources in the Glyndŵr University library in Wrexham. We believe it is the most comprehensive collection of books on children's play and play provision in Wales. It is an essential resource for playworkers, teachers, trainers, students and anyone with an interest in children's play. They hold current and out-of-print material on a wide range of topics related to children and play - from play theory and child development, to building a tree house.
Play, playwork and food [Website]
  Play Wales, 2008 A briefing sheet on how to include food in a play setting
Playground Development Checklist [Website]
 This factsheet advises on what you need to think about when designing a playground.
Playground Safety - 10 Things You Should Know [Website]
 US-based company guidance
Practical Tips for Play rangers [Website]
 Part of the Play Rangers 'Practical tips' series from Play England and Playwork Partnerships, compiled by Dan Rees-Jones, a practicising play ranger. This briefing provides practice-focused advice and guidance to play rangers on outdoor play
Psychology of Right to Play [Website]
 Extensive list of PDF Titles. There will be a download fee payable
Richer Play in Schools [Website]
 A guide for schools wishing to improve play opportunities for children and young people
Right to Play - PDF download list [Website]
 Useful list of PDF's for download - there will be registration and fee payable. Also, more downloads here.
Scrapstores England and Wales [Website]
 This factsheet lists contact details of scrapstores in England and Wales. Updated annually
 The blog Sculpturing Words is closely related to the PhD-project with the same name. The project is about childrens meaning making during their explorative and creative play with three-dimensional materials in early childhood education.
Sports and Recreation Safety Fact Sheet(2013) [Website]
 US publication - More than 2.6 million children ages 19 and under were seen in emergency departments for injuries related to sports and recreation. This includes sports,such as football and basketball, as well as activities,such as playing on a playground,scooter riding and trampolining.
The Childcare Act 2006 - Notes [Website]
 These explanatory notes relate to the Childcare Act 2006 which received Royal Assent on 11 July 2006. They have been prepared by the Department for Education and Skills in order to assist the reader in understanding the Act. They do not form part of the Act and have not been endorsed by Parliament. They provide a clause-by-clause analysis of e.g. registration requirements and of the duties of local authorities re child care.
  Stevenage was the very first of the constructed New Towns of Britain, primarily built to house post-war Londoners who had either lost their houses, or needed a boost in morale and a cleaner, safer alternative to London.The Town Centre in Stevenage was revolutionary, with the very first pedestrianized shopping centre in the country. It drew in visitors from several of the surrounding towns to do their shopping in style.
The price parents pay - sharing the costs of childcare [PDF]
 2001 - The Governments National Childcare Strategy, launched in May 1998, presented an opportunity for more children and parents to access quality, affordable childcare services in the UK than ever before. Now, three years on, childcare is high up the political agenda but British parents continue to pick up most of the childcare bill despite the substantial sums of Government money being spent on childcare
The Proliferation of Juvenile Curfews [Website]
 Good analysis of youth curfews in the United States and of various legal challenges.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: A guide for children and young people [Website]
 What Rights do Children have in Scotland
This guide aims to transform the design of play spaces. [Website]
 This guide aims to transform the design of play spaces.
This guide shows how play providers can replace current risk assessment practice with an approach that fully takes into account the benefits to children and young people of challenging play experiences. [Website]
 This guide shows how play providers can replace current risk assessment practice with an approach that fully takes into account the benefits to children and young people of challenging play experiences.
Toys and play for children who are blind or partially sighted [Website]
 (Gives advice on how to choose the right types of toys for children who are blind or partially sighted, and how to create a good play environment).
  TRAINING ON HUMAN RIGHTS FOR YOUTH MEMBERS OF EUROPEAN ORGANIZATIONShttp://humanrightsforyouth.org/ 2This training was created by a partnership of four European organizations with the financial help of the Council of Europe and the European Youth Foundation.
Using mechanisms of the United Nations to submit complaints alleging violations of children's rights [Website]
 When a country ratifies an international human rights treaty, it assumes a legal obligation to implement the rights recognised in that treaty. To provide a private enforcement action for these obligations, some human rights treaty bodies can receive complaints from individuals, groups or their representatives (including children) who claim that their rights have been violated by a State Party to a particular convention or covenant, provided that the State Party has recognised the competence of the committee to receive such complaints.
Vetting & Barring - Quick Summary of Recommendations [Website]
 Quick Summary of Recommendations of Sunita Masons review of the Criminal Records Regime & the Vetting & Barring Scheme VBS Review 11/2/11
What is a Disqualification Order? [Website]
 A Disqualification Order is an order handed down by the courts which disallows an individual - be they male or female - from working with children because of an offence they have committed previously.
Where do children play? [Website]
 Written by Issy Cole-Hamilton, this CPIS factsheet is about the types of places children use for outdoor play
Why playwork? [Website]
 This briefing sets out why play is important and how staffed play provision supports children in local communities to access their right to play in their own neighbourhood
You Justice Board TV Series [Website]
 Up-loaded videos on youth justice issues and practice