4 Nations Play Policy Symposium Report
On 28 November 2012 the 4 Nations Play Policy Symposium - Playing the Long Game was held at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
The overall aim of the symposium was to stimulate discussion, debate and dialogue in relation to the development and implementation of play policy and strategy that will benefit children in each of the four nations of the UK and help set the context for a UK response to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) General Comment to support Article 31.
The symposium was hosted by Play Wales, working in partnership with PlayBoard Northern Ireland, Play England, Play Scotland and SkillsActive. It was supported by Gwenda Thomas AM, Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services and chaired by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Keith Towler.
Each nation was represented by approximately 15 participants including a Government Minister (Wales), Children’s Commissioners, representatives of play organisations, play professionals and others with a key role in developing and furthering the play agenda in respect of policy.