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Children’s play debated in the Senedd

12-02-2018

In a Senedd debate the Assembly Member for Cynon Valley, Vikki Howells has proposed an Inclusive Play Bill. The Bill would place a duty on local authorities to provide play equipment and areas that meet the needs of children with disabilities.

As part of the her proposal, Vikki Howells provided two examples of improvements made in her constituency to ensure playgrounds are inclusive and noted that she had been contacted by residents about the problems disabled children and their families are experiencing. She went on to explain that the Bill ‘ … would build on the [Children and Families (Wales)] 2010 Measure … My proposal would strengthen and amend this, prioritising the provision of inclusive play equipment.’

The proposal was supported by a number of Assembly Members. 

As part of the debate the Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies said: 

‘It is a very welcome opportunity to raise the profile of the play agenda and the importance of inclusive and accessible play opportunities to meet the needs of all children … There are clear requirements already in place, but neither we, nor others in the field, such as Play Wales … feel that placing an additional duty on local authorities is the best way to achieving inclusive play opportunities. The play sufficiency assessments reveal that local authorities have indeed been making concerted efforts to provide accessible play opportunities. The progress reports have shown that funding has been used throughout Wales to address accessibility issues with regard to outdoor play spaces and, by the way, it is wider play spaces, not simply playgrounds.’

At Play Wales, we are delighted that children’s play has been debated and it’s receiving continued support from the Welsh Government. 

The debate can be viewed on Senedd TV and the full transcript is available on the National Assembly for Wales website (item 6).