Play experts call on the public to help put children’s right to play in the spotlight
The Children’s Play Policy Forum (CPPF) officially welcomes the publication of a ‘General Comment’ on Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Article 31, long considered ‘the forgotten article’, states, in summary, “That every child has the right to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.” It exists to officially safeguard and support the child’s right to play; engage in recreational activities and have access to arts and cultural experiences.
The General Comment clarifies, for the first time, the meaning and importance of article 31 for governments across the globe, explaining and analyzing the gravity of each key element of the statement, whilst setting out practical and achievable recommendations on how governments can action this right, making it a reality for children and young people.
The Children’s Play Policy Forum is calling on everyone to help put Article 31 on the agenda by getting involved in Playday, the national day in the UK celebrating children’s right to play, on Wednesday 7 August 2013.
Robin Sutcliffe, Chair of The Children’s Play Policy Forum said:
‘The General Comment is not only immensely valuable in raising the profile of children’s right to play across the globe, but provides us with a benchmark against which to monitor performance here in the UK. We hope that we will be able to help the UK Government frame its response to the comment over the coming months, bringing together all the work that is being done in the four Nations.’