Playday Media Release 2018

Wednesday 1 August 2018

UK Children’s Commissioners’ Stand Together for the
Child’s Right to Play 

The UK’s annual celebration of play – Playday 2018 – takes place on Wednesday August 1.

This year, all four children’s commissioners from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales stand together to support the importance of children’s play as an essential aspect of childhood as thousands of children across the four nations attend organised Playday events.

Koulla Yiasouma, Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner for Scotland, Sally Holland, Children’s Commissioner for Wales and Anne Longfield OBE Children’s Commissioner for England are urging everyone to play their part in ensuring the creation of the best possible opportunities for all children and young people to embrace their right to play.

The four commissioners are calling for:

  • All adults to consider how they can help children and young people across the UK have time, space, permission and support to play, both in their family life and in their community.
  • Organisations to think about whether they are doing all they can to empower and involve children and young people to have a say in ideas and decisions that affect their rights – including their right to play.
  • Governments and statutory agencies to actively promote and protect children’s right to play through the provision of adequate resources.

Now in its 31st year, Playday celebrates ‘Children’s Right to Play’ as set out in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which recognises the right of every child to play, rest, leisure, enjoy recreational activities and free and full participation in cultural and artistic life.

The four national UK play organisations, Play Wales, PlayBoard Northern Ireland, Play England and Play Scotland are calling on everyone – parents, grandparents, carers, childcare providers and support staff across the UK to help celebrate and promote the importance of play for all children.

In a joint statement, Play Scotland’s CEO Marguerite Hunter Blair, Play Wales Director Mike Greenaway, PlayBoard Northern Ireland CEO Jacqueline O’Loughlin and Play England’s Chair of Trustees Nicola Butler said:

‘We warmly welcome this support and call to action from the four Children’s Commissioners.

Providing opportunities for play is everyone’s responsibility. We all need to continue to work together to ensure that every child has enough time, space and permission to play every day of the year. So, let’s all get out to play on Playday and have the best fun ever”.

Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO, Play Scotland added:
“Scotland’s Play Strategy values play as a life enhancing everyday activity. Playday is a wonderful opportunity for communities and families to come together and play together to have fun and support the health and wellbeing of our children and young people.  Play Scotland are also hosting active play activities at GoLIVE! At Glasgow Green on 2-12th August, come and join us and #playeveryday”


Press release – pdf

Press Release Playday 2018

UK Children’s Commissioners’ Joint Statement  -pdf

UK Children’s Commissioners’ Joint Statement 1st August 2018

Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland Website

The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland is Bruce Adamson. He works with his team to protect the rights of children and young people.  Full details below:

Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland


About Playday

Playday is the national day for play, traditionally held on the first Wednesday in August. As well as an annual celebration of children’s right to play, Playday is a campaign that highlights the importance of play in children’s lives. Playday is coordinated by Play Scotland, Play Wales, Play England and PlayBoard Northern Ireland. On Playday thousands of children and young people get out to play at hundreds of locally organised celebrations – from small-scale neighbourhood get-togethers to large-scale public events. For more information see



For more information please contact:
Play Scotland, Marguerite Hunter Blair, CEO 07795 954856

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