Scottish Government Publications on Cabinet Meeting with Children and Young People, February 2018

Actions Agreed at the Cabinet Meeting with Children and Young People – 28 February 2017 – Progress Report 

Report on the agreed actions after the first annual meeting of Cabinet members and children and young people on 28 February 2017.

Actions Agreed at the Cabinet Meeting with Children and Young People – 28 February 2017 – Progress Report (Children and Young People’s Summary) 

Children and Young People’s Summary report on the agreed actions after the first annual meeting of Cabinet members and children and young people on 28 February 2017. 


Cities Alive: Designing for Urban Childhoods. ARUP Report 2017

A child-friendly approach to urban planning is a vital part of creating inclusive cities that work better for everyone. Designing for urban childhoods inspires us to respond positively to the challenges, and sets out actions that can help take us to a more child-friendly future – moving well beyond simply providing playgrounds.

The amount of time children spend playing outdoors, their ability to get around independently, and their level of contact with nature are strong indicators of how a city is performing, not just for children but for all generations of city dwellers. If cities fail to address the needs of children, they risk economic and cultural impacts as families move away.

“This is a fantastic resource from ARUP. Cities Alive: Designing for urban childhoods, focuses on what a sustainable, successful, healthy city looks like – and guess what? It looks like a child-friendly city! To provide, protect and promote children’s everyday freedoms we need to put in place infrastructures that enable and encourage children’s use of the public realm – and guess what? Children’s infrastructure can make a vital contribution to everyone’s quality of life and collective wellbeing.”  Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO, Play Scotland

You can read and download the report here


State of Children’s Rights report 2017

Together’s 2017 State of Children’s Rights in Scotland report sets out promising rights-based practice taken by Scotland’s public bodies.

The report outlines good practice through a wide range of case studies across the areas of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The report is a tool for public bodies to take forward children’s rights.

You can read and download the report here


The State of the World’s Children 2017
Children in a Digital World, UNICEF Report

Do you remember the first time you went online?

Chances are you knew life before the internet. But for children growing up online, life is unimaginable without it.

Digital technology has transformed the world we live in – disrupting entire industries and changing the social landscape.

Childhood is no exception. One in three internet users worldwide is a child, and young people are now the most connected of all age groups.

From photos posted online to medical records stored in the cloud, many children have a digital footprint before they can even walk or talk.

Digital technology can be a game changer for disadvantaged children, offering them new opportunities to learn, socialize and make their voices heard – or it can be yet another dividing line. Millions of children are left out of an increasingly connected world.

You can read and down the report here


UK Poverty 2017

New report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.  This report looks at how figures have changed over the past two decades.

UK Poverty 2017 highlights that overall, 14 million people live in poverty in the UK – over one in five of the population. This is made up of eight million working-age adults, four million children and 1.9 million pensioners. 8 million live in families where at least one person is in work.

You can read and download the report here


National Action Plan on Internet Safety for Children and Young People, Scottish Government

The internet is central to the lives of the majority of children and young people. We want children and young people to be protected, safe and supported in the online world and for them to be able to enjoy the internet, show resilience and take advantage of the opportunities it has to offer. Therefore, as part of The Government‟s Programme for Scotland, we committed to publishing a refreshed action plan on internet safety for children and young people to ensure appropriate training, support and information is in place.  Full details and report can be found here


Play on Pedals Report

Play on Pedals has reached the end of the People’s Postcode Lottery funding and has a produced a report to highlight the project’s achievements over the last two and a half years.

Play on Pedals Report January 2017

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) The State of Child Health

The State of Child Health brings together data for the first time on a comprehensive list of 25 measures of the health of UK children, ranging from specific conditions such as asthma, diabetes and epilepsy, risk factors for poor health such as obesity and a low rate of breastfeeding, to child deaths. The data provide an “across the board” snapshot of child health and wellbeing in the UK.


State of Child Health Report, Recommendations for Scotland 2017

Summary report for Scotland from Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) The State of Child Health Report

Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment for the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill

Publication from Scottish Government.

Making Play Inclusive for Parents

A report from SENSE.

Making Play Inclusive for Play Settings

A report from SENSE

Playing Together Report 2016

The Playing Together report from Play Scotland and Youthlink Scotland.

The fundamental aim of the report is to ensure the play and youth sectors continue to promote their shared vision – making Scotland the best place to be young and grow up.

Active Health Kids Scotland Report Card

The report card provides critical and up- to- date information on the physical activity and health of Scottish children and adolescents, and can be used in a number of ways:

  1. Government can use it for development of policy, and to inform investment decisions.
  2. Researchers/academics can share with students, and use it to inform grant applications.
  3. Teachers, coaches, health professionals, charitable organisations can use it to inform their work with children, adolescents, and their families.
  4. Funding bodies can use it to help shape funding strategy and decisions.

The Importance of Play

The Importance of Play from Dr David Whitebread, University of Cambridge.

Design for Play – a guide to creating successful place spaces

This guide from Play England is primarily for designers for children’s play areas.  This guide will also give communities and schools ideas on play spaces including risky play spaces; water play spaces etc.

Play Strategy loose-parts-play-toolkit


The Good School Playground Guide

This guide has been written to help make that ambition a reality. It explores the links between school grounds and children’s health, wellbeing and learning and offers practical advice on how to develop the best school playgrounds.

It’s written for everyone who has an interest in how schools can provide the best school playground, that supports learning and a health-promoting environment for children and young people; whether you’re an architect designing a new school, a teacher tasked with improving your existing outdoor space or a parent looking for ways to provide practical help to your child’s school.

Play Strategy: Play Out of Hours!

This toolkit is designed to provide clear and

concise information for school communities and their partners to assess the feasibility of making school grounds available for children’s play out of teaching hours.

It contains specific pieces of information intended to help understand and address particular issues of concern. It provides practical, step-by-step tools and templates for undertaking work linked to the opening of school grounds for playing out of teaching hours.

Play Strategy for Scotland – Play Map: A Resource for Community Planning Partnerships


Play Strategy for Scotland – Progress Report, March 2016


Scotland’s Play Ranger Toolkit


Funders of Play 2016


Delivering Active Play






Scotland’s Play Strategy: Playing with quality and equality: a review of inclusive play in Scotland

A review of inclusive play in Scotland.

Play Strategy for Scotland: Evidence Outcomes and Logic Models

UN Convention on the Right of the Child – A guide for children and young people

The UNCRC Booklet is aimed at children and young people under the age of eighteen and provides details of the rights they are entitled to under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The booklet gives details of each Article of the UNCRC and also provides key contact details for relevant organisations.   UNCRC Childrens Guide 2015

Annual Report on the Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland – October 2015

The second annual report on the Child Poverty Strategy for Scotland, which was published in March 2014.

PLAY – A report on the APPG

PLAY – A Report on the All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood

Play Strategy for Scotland: Evidence Outcomes and Logic Models October 2015

A short report reviewing the evidence of the benefits of play and how they fit into the SHANARRI wellbeing framework.



The UK’s 5th Periodic Review Report to the UNCRC

The UK’s Fifth Periodic Review Report on the UNCRC

The Scottish Government Play Strategy is mentioned on page 48 point 38.

Child Protection and Disability Toolkit

The ‘Child Protection and Disability Toolkit’ has been produced in partnership by WithScotland and the Scottish Government’s Ministerial Working Group on Child Protection and Disability. It is aimed at practitioners and managers in child and family and disability services and It’s the only toolkit of its kind available to practitioners in Scotland.

It includes information on research, a set of training and resource materials designed to help professionals understand the issues and good practice guidance to supplement the Scottish Government National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014. It also contains sections such as ‘myth busters’, case studies as well as a DVD in which disabled parents speak of their experiences.  Full details

Tackling Physical Inactivity: A coordinated Approach
   – All-Party Commission on Physical Activity

Start Active, Stay Active



Play Scotland Annual Review 2013

Together Report 2013

Managing Risk in Play Provision Guide – re released 2013

Play Strategy for Scotland: Action Plan


Creating Places – A policy statement on architecture and place for Scotland

Play Strategy for Scotland: Our Vision

Children’s play is crucial to Scotland’s well being; socially, economically and environmentally. Our people are our greatest resource and the early years of life set the pattern for children’s future development.

‘The experiences children have in early life – and the environments in which they have them – shape their developing brain architecture and strongly affect whether they grow up to be healthy, productive members of society’ (Harvard University, 2007).

Play is an essential part of a happy, healthy childhood and ‘when children play their brains do two things: they grow and the become organised and usable’ (Hughes, 2013). By investing in all our children and young people now we can strengthen their ability to achieve their full potential.

General Comment 17 (2013)

United Nations, General comment No. 17 (2013) The right of the child to rest, leisure, play,
recreational activities, cultural life and the arts (Article 31 UNCRC) published February 2013


The benefits of a physically active lifestyle are well established and reflected in public health guidelines and policy. In recent years there has been growing interest in the role that sedentary behaviour may play in health and wellbeing.

Informed by this emerging body of evidence, public health guidelines now recommend that people of all ages should avoid prolonged periods of sedentary behaviour and break up periods of sitting.

A progress report on implementation of health and safety reforms

June 2012



Pre 2009

UK Physical Activity Guides

Scottish Government Publications

Adam Ingram MSP, Minister for Children and Early Years, launched the Guide to Implementing GIRFEC at The Children’s Summit on 23rd June 2010.

The Guide draws on examples of best practice and experience to date, and sets out what has worked well in pathfinder and learning partnership areas where the Getting it right approach has already been rolled out. It can be used by stakeholders as part of their own training and implementation plans and help them identify their local priorities for action. It will help them build on existing good practice. People can use it in conjunction with themed evaluations and other reports and material already available on the Scottish Government GIRFEC webpages.