Committee on the Rights of the Child concluding observations

Concluding observations on the combined sixth and seventh reports of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Play Scotland welcomes the concluding observations and the work ongoing in Scotland to deliver these recommendations.

Rest, leisure, recreation, and cultural and artistic activities

48. The Committee recommends that the State party:

(a) Develop a strategy, with sufficient resources, aimed at ensuring children’s right to rest, leisure and recreation, including free outdoor play; 

(b) Integrate children’s right to play into school curricula and ensure that children have sufficient time to engage in play and recreational activities that are inclusive and age-appropriate; 

c) Strengthen measures to ensure that all children, including children with disabilities, young children, children in rural areas and children in disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds, have access to accessible, safe, public outdoor play spaces; 

d) Involve children in decisions regarding urban-planning processes, including public transportation, and in the development of spaces for children to play.