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New research: what children say about play in Wales

20-11-2019

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) on 20 November 2019, we are publishing a new report where children and teenagers tell us about what’s good about the play opportunities in their local area and how satisfied they are about when, how and where they can play.

‘I learn new things and climb trees’ – What children say about play in Wales shows that overall, the picture presented by children across Wales is that when they are allowed out, and able to play in the places they want to, most children are happy with the choice of good quality spaces, and overall are satisfied with their play opportunities. Nonetheless, a number of factors would seem to be important in restricting children’s rights and may be causes of harm.

Data for the research comes from surveys completed by nearly 6,000 children across thirteen local authority areas in Wales as part of their Play Sufficiency Assessments in 2019.

This report was written by Dr David Dallimore of Bangor University for Play Wales. Data was collated with the assistance of Michael Welsby from the Policy Evidence & Analysis Team, Office for National Statistics.

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