Play Sufficiency research

Play Wales has worked with the University of Gloucestershire to produce a report that presents the findings of a small-scale research project looking back over the past year and forward to the commencement of the second part of the Play Sufficiency Duty, to secure sufficient play opportunities for children.

The purpose of the Towards Securing Sufficient Play Opportunities ... research was to:

  • Look at what has happened over the last 12 months after submission of Play Sufficiency Assessments
  • Look at how selected local authorities have prepared themselves to respond to the forthcoming commencement of securing sufficiency of play opportunities.


Data from this report were gathered through documentation, attendance at and notes from regional meetings to consult on the draft Statutory Guidance for the second part of the Duty, and semi-structured interviews with national and local stakeholders.

This research project was funded by the Welsh Government.

Download Towards Securing Sufficient Play Opportunities

Towards Securing Sufficient Play Opportunities: A short study into the preparation undertaken for the commencement of the second part of the Welsh Government’s Play Sufficiency Duty to secure sufficient play opportunities, written by researchers Stuart Lester and Wendy Russell is a follow up to an earlier report (Leopard Skin Wellies … ) that explored how local authorities responded to the introduction of the duty to assess sufficient play opportunities for children.

Leopard Skin Wellies, a Top Hat and a Vacuum Cleaner Hose: An analysis of Wales’ Play Sufficiency Assessment duty

This report presents the findings from a small-scale research project exploring how local authorities respond to the introduction of the duty to assess sufficiency of play opportunities for children, the first part of the Play Sufficiency Duty as set out in the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010, Section 11.

It draws on data from 20 local authority Play Sufficiency Assessments (PSAs) and associated documentation, interviews and notes from stakeholder meetings in three local authority case studies, notes from attending regional meetings to share experiences across local authorities, interviews with a Welsh Government officer and key officers from national partners (Play Wales and Welsh Local Government Association) and an online survey for key stakeholders involved in the PSA process.

The research was carried out by Stuart Lester and Wendy Russell of the University of Gloucestershire with support from Dr Owain Jones and Nick Lewis of the Countryside and Communities Research Institute (CCRI) based at the University of Gloucestershire.

The study is jointly funded by the University of Gloucestershire and Play Wales.

Download the Executive Summary

Electronic copies of the research report are available upon request – please email or call 029 2048 6050


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