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Promoting the Child's Right to Play since 1973 in the UK and Worldwide according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child
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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?  

Play is as old as humanity, back over 3.7 million years ago our distant ancestors walked in Tanzania, there is a child walking beside an adult, no doubt curious and anxious to play ....

Ancient footsteps, adult and child, the latter is ?dancing along?   Three million+ years ago ......


    

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!


Fair Play publishes Fair Play for Children News 2/3 x weekly, news from around the world about Childhood, Play, Rights, Education, Health  .... a unique service.




We also publish weekly The Fair Play for Children Research Resource culled from global sources, going behind the scenes to find out what makes Childhood and all its huge variety.  Access here


 

FAIR PLAY FEATURES

What Fair Play is doing, its policies and projects, how you can participate.  

 Latest from Fair Play for Children - what we are doing

FAIR PLAY in Action

           

 2018: Fair Play submits evidence

 to All-Parliamentary Group on Youth Work Inquiry:

4 Recommendations based on The Child's Right to Play and strengthening current statutory provision:   READ HERE


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.



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  HERE and below for 

Risk and Play on Adventure Playgrounds


One acre for every 18 .... Golfers fare better than kids....HERE

There 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


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. 


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


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 withABCs.  


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

Worrying Fair Play report about "acceptable" behaviour contracts. Whose behaviour is unacceptable


The United Nations Convention on the Rights of The Child

Contact Fair Play for Children fpfc@fairplayforchildren.net
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