A Warm Welcome and a Fond Farewell – June 2014
We welcome Scotland’s Play Council, an exciting new body which we hope will help build the capacity and voice of the Play Sector in Scotland. It will build on the successes of the former Scottish Play Policy Forum, the National Play Forum Network and the Inspiring Scotland Play Leadership Forum.
Scotland’s Play Council will be administered by Play Scotland, and supported initially by a core group including Inspiring Scotland and the inaugural Chair, Margaret Westwood, a well renowned Play Champion in Scotland and internationally. We hope to attract members from across Scotland, and intend to meet three times per year in central venues.
There will be a wide range of website services and social media coordinated by Play Scotland, to support and promote the activities of the Play Council.
Scottish Play Policy Forum
We would like to thank Sue Palmer who chaired the Scottish Play Forum from 2008-2013. The Forum was established by Play Scotland in 2008 to build a broader champion base for play across Scotland. The Forum showcased and coordinated work that impacted on Play at a policy level. The absence of a National Play Policy for Scotland meant that there was no cross-departmental commitment to supporting Play and this made the work of the Forum particularly important.
The National Play Forum Network
The Network was formed in 2011 and provided an exciting opportunity for Play Forums across Scotland to come together and work collaboratively to strengthen the play infrastructure in Scotland.
Scottish Parliament Public Petitions Committee
As funding support for Play became uncertain both Forums supported Play Scotland’s petition for a statutory duty for Play which Play Scotland took to the Scottish Parliament in 2012.
The Public Petition’s Committee considered Petition PE1440 and the evidence presented by Play Scotland, the British Medical Association and the International Play Association in September and December 2012.
In response to the Petition’s Committee the Minister for Children and Young People, Aileen Campbell announced there would be a National Play Strategy for Scotland. The Play Strategy Action Plan was launched in October 2013.
Marguerite Hunter Blair