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A crisis in childhood is happening every day, all around us


The Children’s Play Policy Forum has issued a policy statement identifying a crisis in childhood and calling for more children’s play opportunities.

The Children’s Play Policy Forum is warning that modern life is squeezing play – especially outdoor play – to the margins of children’s lives, limiting the natural growth and development that occurs when children play. The statement – Play builds children – also says that mental health of a generation is at risk.

Play builds children calls on the UK Government, the devolved administrations and local authorities to work together and make sure that children and society are not damaged by the lack of play in children’s everyday lives.

Welcoming the statement, Play Wales’ Director Mike Greenaway said:

'This position statement is no exaggeration of the crisis that faces children. Bit by bit over the last 30 years our children’s play opportunities have been damaged. In Wales the Government has taken action to support play but in the face of wider cuts to public spending this support has not been enough to stop the loss of provision. Something needs to be done urgently. Children only have one childhood. We can’t go back and make it better when we realise the mistake we have made. We need to make sure children have enough time, space and permission to play now.'

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