The Welsh Government recognises that to achieve its aim of creating a play friendly Wales and to provide excellent opportunities for our children to play it is necessary for local authorities, their partners and other stakeholders to also work towards this purpose. Therefore a section on Play Opportunities was included in the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010.
The Play Sufficiency Duty comes as part of the Welsh Government's anti-poverty agenda which recognises that children can have a poverty of experience, opportunity and aspiration, and that this kind of poverty can affect children from all social, cultural and economic backgrounds across Wales.
Section 11 of the Measure places a duty on local authorities to assess and secure sufficient play opportunities for children in their area.
To comply with their new duties each local authority in Wales submitted its first Play Sufficiency Assessment and Play Action Plan to Welsh Government Ministers in March 2013. The Welsh Government has published a timetable for assessing and securing sufficient play opportunities for the next 10 years.
In March 2019, local authorities were required to complete and submit their third Play Sufficiency Assessment; Executive Summary of the Play Sufficiency Assessment; and Play Action Plan for the following year to Welsh Government Ministers.
Additionally, the Executive Summaries of the Play Sufficiency Assessments should be published on the local authorities’ websites. The published summaries must include the outcomes of the Play Sufficiency Assessments and highlight the actions that the local authorities intend to take to achieve sufficient play opportunities. Play Action Plans must be developed and submitted to the Welsh Government each year.
Wales: A Play Friendly Country is Statutory Guidance to Local Authorities on assessing for and securing sufficient play opportunities for children in their areas. It is published by Welsh Ministers to give detail to the duty on Local Authorities under section 11, Play Opportunities, Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010. This section of the Measure fully came into effect on 1 July 2014.
This Statutory Guidance combines Creating a Play Friendly Wales, the Statutory Guidance to Local Authorities on assessing for sufficient play opportunities (2012), along with new guidance to Local Authorities to support in securing sufficient play opportunities for children in their areas, 2014.
Play sufficiency in Wales provides a brief overview of the Play Sufficiency Duty and the assessment process that local authorities have to undertake. It also describes Welsh Government’s aim to create a play friendly country by providing time, space and permission for children to play.
The aim of this information sheet is to provide a better understanding about play sufficiency in Wales to those whose work isn’t directly involved with children’s play or who may not be familiar with the legislation.