Play and Public Health Conference
|Location:||Conwy Business Centre, Llandudno Junction|
|Organiser:||The Play Officers North Wales Group|
9.30am - 4.30pm
Fully booked - if you would like to be added to a reserve list for this event please contact us.
We are pleased to invite you to a North Wales conference focussing on children’s play as a public health issue and delivered in partnership between the Play Officers North Wales Network, Public Health Wales, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Play Wales. The conference will explore ways in which adults can support children to contribute to their own physical and emotional health through increasing and safeguarding opportunities for playing.
Research shows that children’s play, especially when not overly structured or directed by adults, has a range of benefits to both children and adults. Whilst playing helps children to develop resilience and skills that are beneficial in adulthood, equally important are the immediate benefits to children’s physical and emotional wellbeing.
In July 2014, the Welsh Government introduced a statutory duty on local authorities to secure sufficient play opportunities for children living in their areas. This duty is concerned with increasing and protecting the time, space and permission children have to play throughout all aspects of their lives and recognises the role that health professionals can have in contributing to the duty.
This conference is aimed at health practitioners working directly with children and families as well as those operating at a strategic level within public health. It will provide an opportunity to share in a dialogue about the many ways in which playing can improve health outcomes for children and how we might support it.
This is a free conference and lunch will be provided.