Play Policy

Image for Play Policy

Across Wales

At a national level Play Wales has engaged with Welsh Government in the development of its Play Policy, strategy, legislation, regulations and guidance.

Play happens anywhere that children and young people spend time and figures highly in most aspects of their lives. So, as an advocate for play it is important that Play Wales contributes to a wide range of policy debates and decisions – for example health and wellbeing, education, workforce development, travel and transport, and planning.

Between 2000 and 2012, Play Wales undertook national State of Play reviews – strategic documents used by Play Wales and the Welsh Government to understand matters related to children’s play in Wales.

The purpose of the reviews was to provide information as to how various national policies and funding programmes supported play provision at local level and common issues regarding children’s play. Since 2013, we have worked with Welsh Government to review and report on local authority Play Sufficiency Assessments, progress reports and action plans.

A copy of the conclusions and recommendations from the State of Play reports is available upon request, please email the Communications team:

  • State of Play 2000
  • State of Play 2 (2003)
  • State of Play 3 (2006)
  • Additional funding for disabled children - appendix to State of Play 3 (2006)
  • State of Play 4 (2009)
  • State of Play 5 (2011-2012).


We contribute to a variety of Wales working groups to raise awareness of the benefits of play and to ensure that children's play is not overlooked in decision and policy making.

To support the development and protection of children’s play provision locally, we have worked to develop and sustain professional networks that span all local authorities in Wales, including the All Wales Strategic Play Network. This national network of play development officers brings together colleagues from the local authority and voluntary sectors.

In the UK

Play Wales also contributes to UK policy work – in association with a range of other UK national organisations that have an interest in children and young people’s play or the development of a playwork workforce. 

More information about the Children's Play Policy Forum 

More information about the Play Safety Forum


Play Wales is an active member of the International Play Association – promoting the child’s right to play. IPA is an international non-governmental organisation founded in 1961 to protect, preserve and promote the child's right to play as a fundamental human right.

Mailing List