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What do people think when they hear "Adventure Playground"? Innovation, improvisation, experimentation, creativity and imagination may be some thoughts; others may be dirty, unsafe and chaotic.

Alternative Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Re UK Quinquennial Review 2016

Submitted by the Fair Play for Children Association, UK

Bouncy Castles

 Hints and Tips on the Use of Inflatables

from HSE:

Bouncy castles: safety advice

These simple precautions can help you avoid serious accidents, whether you supply bouncy castles and inflatables, or you are hiring one for your event.



Those who operate activities and facilities for children and young people are asked to accept a tremendous responsibility when they receive into their care the safety and wellbeing the lives of the young. Many organisations will have e.g. Health & Safety Policies and Procedures, Equal Opportunities Policies, Disabled Access Policies and Practices. What has surprised Fair Play for Children is both the large number of workers, paid and voluntary, who are not aware of their organisations' child protection procedures - whether they exist, and if they do, where to find them and what they are. Yet such Policies and Practices would seem to be axiomatic for organisations serving the needs of the young.


When the community creates play environments and facilities for its children, it is axiomatic that these should be appropriate in terms of age, ability range, social factors and play value - and should be as safe as possible. The surrounding environment also must be gauged from the same perspective. For example, it is not safe just because there is a 'mint catalogue' array of play equipment but safety barriers are omitted allowing unchecked access onto a busy road. This Factsheet is a simple introduction to playground safety - what we should look for in a safe playground, what causes accidents, existing and likely future standards, monitoring their implementation, and working for improvements. Playgrounds which meet the child's developmental needs are safer than those which do not. A free booklet on playgrounds and their play

City Farms: Help the City Grow 

 A successful urban facility for children.


Constitution of the Fair Play for Children Association

 Our governing document

Consulting Children

 Why we need to ask their what they think and want.


Disabled Children Have a Right to Play 

 Andre Jackson is a freelance writer, with interests in daily living, mobility aid and the UK business sector. He has been writing for the past three years and is always looking for new collaborations with small businesses in the United Kingdom and also across Europe.


Equal Opportunities in Play and Playwork

Fair Play's Model Statement.



Fair Play Manifesto 2010

Produced for the 2010 UK General Election

Fair Play Manifesto 2010 - Child Protection: a national swipe-card for adults when purchasing alcohol [PDF]

 The development of a national scheme to make it more difficult for children under legal age to obtain alcohol and to sanction adults who enable them to obtain alcohol €“ the introduction of a national swipe-card for adults when purchasing alcohol.


Formulating a Local Play Policy 

 Suggestions for an approach.


Hints and Allegations

 Report in the wake of the Penn State abuse scandal and as allegations multiply re Jimmy Savile and abuse at the BBC, NHS hospitals etc, calls for independent Inquiry. 31 pages


How it All Started

  The letter to The Times in July 1972 by Trevor Huddleston which led to the creation of Fair Play for Children.

Inclusion in Play

The subject of inclusion is, quite rightly, to the forefront of peoples thinking with regard to play provision. When we talk of the child’s right to play, we mean the right of EVERY child to be involved. 

Local Play Partnerships

This PlayAction guide looks at how Play People, both the usual and also unusual suspects, can come together to create their own Local Play Partnership initiative. These Partnerships have basic play principles at their centre, and are functioned on the concept of serious fun for all.


 Brief outline of what Local Educational Authorities are required in law to do re facilities for children and young people, the relevant sections of the 1996 Act and the 2006 amendments are included, plus statutory guidance concerning activities under the Act for those aged 13 years+.



Mobile Play

 The ins-and-outs of the Play Bus!



This Model Policy has been drawn up to help managements of children's and young people's play and leisure organisations when they are considering the detail of a Child Protection Policy. It is a Model, not a prescriptive instruction, so the idea is that it can be adapted to suit local needs and circumstances.

Organising Playschemes

 Basics, insurance, Children Act.


Out Of School Daycare Clubs

The general election of 1997 saw the spotlight of the newly elected Labour government focus on the need for out of school childcare provision more intensely than any previous administration. In its' detailed 5 year Out Of School Childcare Strategy the government acknowledged the need for childcare provision as a major tool in enabling parents (particularly of school aged children) to enter or return to employment and training.

Play and learning for Children with Special Needs

 Recognizing the intersection between playing and learning activities can be paramount to furthering the development of your special needs child. If a melding between the two can be implemented, then it is possible to obtain positive results. Author: Felicity Dyer


Play Wise Partnerships

 Fair Play's Play Wise Partnerships Programme, advocating that children should lead the development of their play environments through local partnerships.


PUBLICATIONS not published by Fair Play for Children

 A selection from various sources



Scholarly Journals - Childhood Studies

 An A-Z of journals on many aspects of childhood published by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.


The Children Act 1989 and Play

The Children Act 1989 was implemented on October 14th 1991. The Act brings together most law concerning the welfare of children, replacing complex and fragmented legislation. This Guide outlines the Act as it affects children’s play provision. In the Act, the term ‘local authority’ equates to the social services authority, and this is retained here.

The Compatibility of Acceptable Behaviour Contracts with Article 6.1 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Revised edition

 Fair Play for Children has undertaken a comprehensive review on the issuing by local police forces across England of Acceptable Behaviour Contracts with particular focus on whether the forces involved have taken into account Article 6.1 of the European Convention on Human Rights(ECHR). In total 40 forces across England were surveyed across a number of questions under the Freedom of Information Act. 34 replied, one with separate data from 4 Divisions, one based on one Division.


The Regulation of Day Care Services for Children

The Children Act 1989 introduced a framework for the regulation of children’s day care services, through a process of initial registration and subsequent regular inspection. This was to enable basic national standards to be implemented in respect of a wide range of activities.

The State of Play - perspectives for Local Councils 

 How can Local Councils (Parish/Town) ensure they have the right policies place to guarantee children the ability to play in a sustainable, safe and stimulating environment? Jan Cosgrove, National Secretary of Fair Play, writing in Local Council Review Winter 2012


Toy Libraries

 A creative and important aid to children's play and learning in early years.


United Nations Convention on The Rights of the Child

 This is the most-signed Convention/ Treaty in history. It sets out the basic rights of every child. Article 31, on which Fair Play for Children predicates its work, is about The Child's Right to Play, Rest and Leisure



Children need Freedom to Play

Children need Play to Imagine


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Fair Play exists to campaign for the Child's Right to Play, part of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of The Child

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. 

      Fair Play for Children says Britain should incorporate the UN Convention on the Rights of The Child into our national law
The Convention in full:   Read it HERE

Fair Play for Children WAYBACK

These links are samples from our websites over the years, as captured by The Wayback Machine

www.fairplay31.online (current site)

www.fairplayforchildren.org (from 2008)


www,arunet.co.uk/fairplay   from 1998



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" 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. "