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The Right to be a Child
= The Right to Childhood
= The 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:
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
Play for Children says Britain should incorporate the
Convention on the Rights of The Child into our
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Fair Play 50
Fifty years ago on 31st July 1972, a letter appeared in 'The
Times' in the wake of a tragedy - two boys aged nine and
seven drowned playing in a tin bath in an East End Canal in
London .... for want of somewhere safe to play.
LETTER TO 'The Times':
How Fair Play started
That event led
Bishop Trevor Huddleston CR, then Bishop of Stepney,
to pen an angry reproach in the press, he had known both boys
and their families. It was not right, he insisted,
that such a deficit should have led to their deaths.
With the same zeal that marked his defiance of apartheid in
his native South Africa (from which he had been exiled for his
views). Father Trevor launched this campaign, soon supported
by The Duke of Edinburgh, it was, and is, known as Fair Play
Its mission is to achieve that safe, but challenging, play
space for every child, as now stated in Article 31 of the
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
At Fair Play 50, how do we measure progress towards that
aim? Though much has been achieved, overall can we
say that there has been much movement? Yes,
the community and voluntary sector in the UK has led the way,
against huge odds mainly thrown in their way by the statutory
sector. Oh, plenty of platitudes, 'nice thoughts',
but when we examine the record of government at all levels, it
has been a sad tale of non-achievement, even of
To be blunt, always the first target for cuts especially by
councils, often running counter to their statutory
obligations, which goes all too often unchallenged from
Play has been and is running a campaign on this aspect, to
get the law updated so that councils are held to account by
the Government. YOU CAN HELP IN THIS!
MPs and Ministers, local government chiefs, councillors etc
all KNOW the importance of Play, or they pay it enough lip
service that, were that translated into action and resource,
we'd by now have a Play-scape for Heaven on earth.
At this time, so much has been lost, trashed by cuts, our
children and young people have been betrayed.
Not very celebratory? Well, what is stated
does not diminish one jot the years of hard work and
dedication people and organisations have contributed and
continue to do so, Fair Play 50 is dedicated to making sure
they have first call - just consider how much money would be
saved, for example, if Councillors across the country gave up
their allowances .... At a very rough guess,
that would free up over £80 million a year.
After all, they stand voluntarily for office, they can receive
out-of-pocket expenses, but why should they also have an
allowance on top of that just for being a councillor?
During the year
ahead, FP50 will be aiming to secure legislative changes
through dialogue with the Government. You
can help by aiming letters at the your MPs to get their
support. Keep in touch via this website
This is my thirty-first year as National Secretary of Fair
Play for Children. I urge you to redouble the
fight for a Fair
Deal for Children's Play. Join Fair Play,
DONATE, campaign with us!
National Secretary (Proud to be)
"The good news
is, I just got reconnected with a fantastic
organization. .... Hands down, they have the most
comprehensive and up to date website I have ever
seen... Outstanding. Thank you Fair Play for
Children for being part of the good news…(even when
you are sharing bad news). I needed you today!"
" Fair Play gives
excellent support around Play-work issues offering
leaflets and policy documents as well as up to date
news and information. Ideal for any organisation
offering play activities with children.
" A lively site with lots of information, including
downloadable guidelines such as Organising a Playscheme
and Child Protection in Playwork. This site also
includes excellent information on adventure playgrounds.
An excellent directory of play organisations. "