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Play Wales works towards every community and neighbourhood supporting a range of quality inclusive play opportunities so that all children and young people in Wales have a choice of places to socialise and play in their free time.

Children and parents report a range of barriers that prevent them playing in their communities as adults recall: safety fears, traffic, time pressures, reduction in spaces to play. Our experience shows that play friendly adults in communities helps to remove or reduce these barriers, meaning more children can have a greater freedom to play out with confidence. 

Through our policy and advocacy work, we aim to ensure that children and young people in Wales have the space and opportunity to play as part of their daily lives, at school and other services, at home, and throughout public space.

This isn’t just about playgrounds, it is much more. It means everything from play-friendly streets to staffed adventure playgrounds, playschemes, local play areas, schools, childcare, hospitals and hospices.

We do this by:

  • supporting regional partnerships for play
  • raising awareness and promoting quality
  • promoting equality and diversity in play provision.

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