Street play – Literature review

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This literature review forms part of the research for Playday, which is coordinated by Play England, working in partnership with Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland.

Playday is a national campaign in its 20th year, which celebrates children’s right to play and where thousands of children and young people get out and play at locally organised events.

The theme of Playday 2007 ‘Our streets too!’ highlights the need for change, so that children, young people and their families can feel confident about playing in streets and areas near their homes all year round. The campaign also highlights that play-friendly streets offer huge benefits to the whole community

This review explores a range of published studies and literature on the street and its relationship with children’s play and informal recreation – and how this has changed over a period of time – with a particular focus on the barriers which are increasingly restricting children and young people’s use of the street.

Resource type: Research