for the Child's Right to Play
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is the World's most adopted Treaty, the UK has signed it. Article 31 of the Convention states:
1. States Parties recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.
2. States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity.
The Convention in full: Read it here
UNFAIR PLAY FOR CHILDREN
Expenditure by English Local Authorities in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12:
including on Children's Play and Youth Services
We undertook this major survey two years into Austerity under the Coalition Government. Even by then, Play and Youth Work had suffered hugely by comparison to overall local authority expenditure and on adult leisure services. The situation has not improved.