Fair Play For Children
Promoting the Child's Right to Play since 1973 in the UK and Worldwide according to the Convention on the Rights of the Child
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WHO WE ARE, OUR ACHIEVEMENTS

 

Fair Play for Children, founded in 1972 by Trevor Huddleston, exists to promote the Child's Right to Play as contained in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child:

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 ... 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 Fair Play For Children Association, which campaigns for the Right to Play,  consists of a subscribing, supporting membership (Individual, Local Group, Statutory Authority/Trades Union, Regional, National Voluntary and Commercial). It lobbies for change in Government Policy and practice, advises e.g. parents and local communities on play- related issues, publishes an online news service, and brings playworkers, other professionals, organisations and activists together to share information, experiences and resources

Fair Play for Children works co-operatively with other agencies, and through Play England (formerly The Children's Play Council) of which it is a founder member.

 

OUR ACHIEVEMENTS INCLUDE

1970's

  1. UK's first National Play Information and Advisory Service
    - this free service continues
  2. Make Waste Space Play Space Campaign:
    Turning marginal land into play areas
  3. Towards Safer Playgrounds:
    Campaign and parent resource
  4. Why Lock Up Our Schools:
    Campaign for use of Schools for play schemes
  5. Multi-cultural Play Pack

1980's

  1. Rural Play Pack
  2. Children's Act and Play Conference
  3. Restore Urban Aid Summer Play funding Campaign and Meeting
    - successful
  4. Initiated proposal for National Voluntary Council for Children's Play
    - developed into Play England

1990's

  1. Launched PlayAction
    - our quarterly journal (Now replaced by our online daily news service)
  2. Environment and Play Conferences
  3. Launched PlayAction Guides
    - now online in our Publications section
  4. Child Protection in Playwork Pack
  5. Enabled access to Police Checks for Voluntary Groups
    - part of a pre-CRB national pilot
  6. A Fair Deal for Our Children Campaign
    - highlighting inequalities between local government expenditure on adult leisure and children's play, work continues

2000+

  1. Providing access to Criminal Records Checks since launch of CRB in 2002 and prior to that in a Home Office pilot from 1994.
    - thousands of enhanced checks completed for organisations
  2. Represented Children's Play interests on working party which set up the Vetting and Barring Scheme
  3. Launched new website with news service, online library, publications etc
  4. Child Protection Training Events throughout the country
    - aimed at smaller voluntary bodies
  5. Curfew Watch
    - monitoring unfair blanket curfews on children and young people in the UK
  6. Ban the Mosquito Anti-Teen Device
    - action to prevent its sale and use in the UK
  7. Anti-Social Behaviour in Tower Hamlets?
  8. How young people were treated in their own Borough
  9. Stolen Streets, Stolen Childhood
  10. The loss of street play opportunities in England over 4 decades
  11. Unfair Play for Children
  12. How Councils have cut children's play more than any other area
  13. Playground Survey
  14. How many playgrounds are there is England, how much space do they offer children?
  15. The Compatibility of Acceptable Behaviour Contracts with Article 6.1 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  16. What happens when children are accused of anti-social behaviour anonymously.
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