Play Sufficiency research

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New research published by Play Wales explores the perceptions of what has changed for children’s play opportunities since the Welsh Government’s Play Sufficiency Duty was commenced in 2012.

Children’s Right to Play in Wales: Six years of stories and change since the commencement of the Welsh Play Sufficiency Duty presents the findings of a small-scale research project carried out by Dr Wendy Russell (Senior Lecturer in Play and Playwork at the University of Gloucestershire), Mike Barclay and Ben Tawil (Ludicology), and Charlotte Derry (Playful Places).

The research, undertaken between January and March 2019, included three parts:

  • documentary analysis of 2013 and 2016 Play Sufficiency Assessments, policy documents, research, and additional documentation provided by local authorities, with a brief analysis of some 2019 PSAs possible within the timescale
  • interviews with 18 Play Sufficiency lead officers, Play Wales staff, Welsh Government officials and a representative from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner
  • work with three case study local authorities, including interviews and focus groups with professionals, and using creative methods to talk to children and families.

 

The Duty has been introduced at one of the most challenging times in the history of devolved and local governments and public services, and yet, according to the research, much has been achieved in terms of partnership working, raising awareness of children’s right to play, and reconfiguring services and spaces to create opportunities for playing.

To request a copy of the full research report please email us.

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Towards Securing Sufficient Play Opportunities 

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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