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An analysis of Wales’ Play Sufficiency Assessment duty.


Leopard Skin Wellies, a Top Hat and a Vacuum Cleaner Hose: An analysis of Wales’ Play Sufficiency Assessment duty.

This report presents the findings from a small-scale research project exploring how local authorities respond to the introduction of the duty to assess sufficiency of play opportunities for children, the first part of the Play Sufficiency Duty as set out in the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010, Section 11.

It draws on data from 20 local authority Play Sufficiency Assessments (PSAs) and associated documentation, interviews and notes from stakeholder meetings in three local authority case studies, notes from attending regional meetings to share experiences across local authorities, interviews with a Welsh Government officer and key officers from national partners (Play Wales and Welsh Local Government Association) and an online survey for key stakeholders involved in the PSA process.

The research was carried out by Stuart Lester and Wendy Russell of the University of Gloucestershire with support from Dr Owain Jones and Nick Lewis of the Countryside and Communities Research Institute (CCRI) based at the University of Gloucestershire.

The study is jointly funded by the University of Gloucestershire and Play Wales.

Electronic copies of the research report are available upon request – please email or call 029 2048 6050