Research: Making it possible to do play sufficiency
New research published by Play Wales explores the conditions that support local authorities to secure sufficient opportunities for children to play.
Making it possible to do Play Sufficiency: Exploring the conditions that support local authorities to secure sufficient opportunities for children in Wales to play presents a summary of findings from a research study carried out by Dr Wendy Russell (Senior Lecturer in Play and Playwork), Mike Barclay and Ben Tawil (Ludicology), and Charlotte Derry (Playful Places). It also includes 26 report cards of examples of actions taken to support children’s play. Each example aims to show the unique contexts, processes and people involved, but may offer adaptable ideas for those working to support children’s play.
This research study builds on three previous studies that saw the Play Sufficiency Duty as a matter of paying attention to the conditions that support children’s ability to find time and space to play. The current study took this principle back a level, focusing on the conditions that support local authorities to take actions in support of children’s opportunities to play.
The research findings encouragingly point to five headline conditions that can support local authorities to secure sufficient play opportunities for children:
- policy alignment with, and promotion nationally and locally of, the Play Sufficiency Duty
- the right people in the right place at the right time with sufficient authority, capacity, capability and consistency
- a consistent and dedicated source of funding for Play Sufficiency
- existing and new information, including research and ways to share information
- openness to possibilities (organisational cultures that allow for being able to respond to opportunities that arise).
The report makes 13 recommendations for actions that can support local authorities to deliver on the Play Sufficiency Duty.
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