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Adult-designed play spaces not meeting Article 31’s aim


Adult-designed play spaces do not meet the aim of Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), as the child’s self-determination is restricted. This is according to a research report by Professor David Ball (Middlesex University) and Laurence Ball-King (King’s College London) about public enjoyment of the outdoors and taking risks.

The Health, the Outdoors and Safety report, published in Sustainability, explains that reducing playground injuries has had an influence on playground design and management. It states that playing in playgrounds have health and well-being benefits, but children need and want less formalised play.

The report draws on long-term policy research from studies in the UK involving public access to nature, the countryside, woodlands and playgrounds.

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