Playful Streets: Supporting Play in the Community

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For many children, opportunities to play freely in their local communities are reducing.

You may have noticed your child has less freedom than you had when you were their age, and perhaps you had less freedom than your parents’ generation did.

There are many reasons for this including concern about traffic, worries about safety and pressure on resources. It is important to keep a sense of proportion about these risks as children are missing out on the sense of freedom that comes from exploring local streets, parks and neighbourhoods. This has an impact on children’s health and wellbeing both mentally and physically.

This Toolkit pulls together lots of tested ideas for communities to help them think about how they might work together to improve children and young people’s play opportunities and in doing so, improve the environment for everyone.

Resource type: Toolkit
Age range: Universal