Play Sufficiency Research Development Group

The Play Sufficiency Research Development Group will provide a collaborative platform for developing research bids and projects that will explore the interpretation, implementation and impact of the duty to assess and secure sufficient play opportunities for children as a part of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010, Section 11.

Members of the Group have interests and expertise across a wide range of disciplines (including health, children’s play, children’s geographies, urban studies, law and children’s rights) and methodologies (ranging from quantitative analysis of large scale datasets of complex health interventions to qualitative critical enquiry).

The innovative nature of the legislation, the international interest in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and Wales’ approach provide a strong argument for researching it; with benefits for the national and international policy community and academic community alike.

The Group aims to explore the following identified key themes: impact, change, processes, underpinning concepts/theory and lessons learned.

The research group membership comprises:

  • Dr Owain Jones (University of Gloucestershire – Countryside and Community Research Institute)
  • Dr Simon Hoffman (Swansea University School of Law/Wales Observatory on Human Rights of Children and Young People)
  • Mike Biddulph (Cardiff University – School of Planning and Geography)
  • Play Wales
  • Professor Marcus Longley (The University of South Wales – Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care).
  • Professor Ronan Lyons (Swansea University)
  • Stuart Lester (University of Gloucestershire – Play and Playwork)
  • Wendy Russell (University of Gloucestershire – Play and Playwork)


Play Wales has received funding from the Wales Children and Young People Research Network (CYPRN) to support the facilitation of The Play Sufficiency Research Development Group.