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Four Nation Play Policy Symposium held in Wales


Government Ministers from across the UK are meeting in Cardiff today (28 November 2012) to present recent play developments in the respective nations.

The Four Nation Play Policy Symposium, hosted by Play Wales, is supported by Gwenda Thomas AM, Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services and chaired by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler.

Attended by government Ministers and officials from three of the four nations the symposium provides opportunities to discuss and debate the development and implementation of play policy and strategy that will benefit children and young people across the four nations.

Children’s Commissioners, representatives of play organisations and play professionals and others with a key role in developing and furthering the play agenda in respect of policy are also attending.

Gwenda Thomas, Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services said:

“This event is a fantastic opportunity to share our experiences with others from the UK. Wales is already leading the way on promoting children’s rights and the articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“The right for children to experience the freedom and enjoyment of play is of paramount importance to us. Recently we commenced the duty on our local authorities to assess the sufficiency of play opportunities in their local area. This is the first step in ensuring that we have places that are safe and freely available, for children to play, now and in years to come.”

Mike Greenaway, Director of Play Wales says:

"The symposium is taking place at an opportune time following the recent commencement of the duty placed on all Local Authorities in Wales to assess the sufficiency of play opportunities in their areas. It is widely recognised that Wales as a Government is taking a global lead by taking this unique and innovative approach to children’s play. We look forward to welcoming officials and colleagues from the other UK nations who are eager to share our experience."