The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has this week published the 2018 Poverty Report, you can download and read the full report here
The Scottish Parliament’s presiding officer is bringing a new meaning to the phrase ‘playground politics’ in his bid to ensure children at his local school have access to outdoor space. Full article
The health and well-being of our children and young people is being challenged as never before. Without urgent action, our children will become the least healthy adult population in living memory. We need somebody at the highest level of Government to take responsibility and drive improvements. Go to Children First to see over 100 examples showing the decline in our children’s physical and mental health.
You can sign the petition here
Young people in Scotland are demanding equal and better access to mental health support. The call for an improved service has been made by the Changing our World group which advises the Children in Scotland charity. Full article
Santa’s farmyard cottage will become a serene haven for children with autism and their families on 1 December.
Almond Valley have teamed up with Lothian Autistic Society to offer exclusive visits to Santa for children who may get distressed with loud music, flashing lights and long queues. Full article
Today’s children are the first to be “datafied” from birth and little thought has been given to the consequences, a report for her says. Full article
Available data suggests that playgrounds are comparatively safe places – yet, in many countries, concerns about potential liability for injury have led to bureaucratic risk reduction initiatives that might not do a good job of weighing the risks against the benefits of encouraging more adventurous outdoor play. Full information can be found here
Children’s sleep is barely affected by the amount of time spent staring at screens, claims a new study by scientists at the University of Oxford. Full article
“In outdoor settings you can see that children getting out to play everyday is vital for them developing healthy lifeskills that underpin friendship, curiosity, creativity and learning. Play Scotland is delighted to be working with the Outdoor Play-based Learning Coalition to build strong Play Champions committed to delivering children’s right to play in Scotland.”
Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO Play Scotland
All children and young people have the right to play and the right to play as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Playing outdoors enhances learning and is fundamental for children and young people’s health, well-being and development. Full details and to download the statement can be found here