William Eichler 16 March 2022

Councils urged to create inclusive child play spaces

Councils urged to create inclusive child play spaces image
Image: Octus_Photography/Shutterstock.com.

Leading UK charities and industry bodies have called on local authorities across the country to create accessible and inclusive child play spaces.

A joint statement from the groups, which includes Children’s Play Policy Forum and UK Play Safety Forum, states that ‘society has failed’ in producing enough accessible and inclusive places for children to play within a reasonable distance of their homes.

It argues that there needs to be a change in public attitudes and that more welcoming spaces must be created which maximise the range of play opportunities offered by the equipment and the environment.

‘Just like any child, all disabled children need and want to play. But for decades, they have been left poorly served,’ said Tim Gill, chair of UK Play Safety Forum.

‘This statement makes a powerful case for change, while acknowledging the challenges. Perhaps most importantly, it sets out a clear vision for new and improved play spaces that will engage children of all abilities.’

The statement, which was aimed at local authorities and play providers, also emphasised the importance of engaging with and prioritising the needs of disabled children and their families when making adaptations to increase accessibility.

Nicola Butler, chair of the Children’s Play Policy Forum, added: ‘This statement will help build a better understanding of the barriers which keep many disabled children and their families excluded from local play spaces. Overcoming these barriers will bring benefits for non-disabled children too, as they learn through their interactions and engagement with disabled friends and peers.’

Skate parks are not the only fruit image

Skate parks are not the only fruit

On Go Skateboarding Day, Susannah Walker asks councils and their leisure and park departments to think differently about what facilities they provide for teenagers.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Clinical Lead, North Essex

Essex County Council
Negotiable
Clinical Lead, North EssexPermanent, Full TimeUp to £57,869 per annumLocation
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Assistant Director Legal,&Governance/Monitoring Officer

Rochdale BC
£70,340 - £81,589
The Assistant Director role has breadth of responsibility beyond legal services incorporating Constitutional and Democratic Services Rochdale, Greater Manchester
Recuriter: Rochdale BC

Inspector

Cambridgeshire County Council
£28,226 - £30,095
The Street Works Team currently has a vacancy for a Street Works Inspector. Cambridgeshire, Various places-working out of office base.
Recuriter: Cambridgeshire County Council

Purchase Ledger Officer

Telford & Wrekin Council
£19,650 - £20,043
The Revenues Service is looking to recruit a Purchase Ledger Officer to cover maternity leave in our busy Purchase Ledger team. Darby House, Telford
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Specialist Behaviour and Inclusion Keyworker

City of Bradford MDC
£22,129 - £27,514 pa (Pro rata for Part Time Posts)
The role is to support parents/carers to implement changes in behaviour and lifestyle that improve outcomes for children and young people. Based at Specialist Behavioural Services
Recuriter: City of Bradford MDC

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.