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Research: Making it possible to do play sufficiency

24-09-2020

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Research published by Play Wales explores the conditions that support local authorities to secure sufficient opportunities for children to play.

Making it possible to do Play Sufficiency: Exploring the conditions that support local authorities to secure sufficient opportunities for children in Wales to play presents findings from a research study carried out by Dr Wendy Russell, Mike Barclay, Ben Tawil, and Charlotte Derry. It also includes 26 report cards of examples of actions taken to support children’s play. 

This research study builds on three previous studies that saw the Play Sufficiency Duty as a matter of paying attention to the conditions that support children’s ability to find time and space to play. The current study took this principle back a level, focusing on the conditions that support local authorities to take actions in support of children’s opportunities to play.

The research findings encouragingly point to five headline conditions that can support local authorities to secure sufficient play opportunities for children:

  • policy alignment with, and promotion nationally and locally of, the Play Sufficiency Duty
  • the right people in the right place at the right time with sufficient authority, capacity, capability and consistency
  • a consistent and dedicated source of funding for Play Sufficiency
  • existing and new information, including research and ways to share information
  • openness to possibilities (organisational cultures that allow for being able to respond to opportunities that arise).
     

The report makes 13 recommendations for actions that can support local authorities to deliver on the Play Sufficiency Duty.

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