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 – launched October 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.