Policy for Play

Responding to Children's Forgotten Right

Adrian Voce

Policy for Play

Adrian Voce

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

152 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9781447319429 Published January 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Play is fundamental to children’s health and development, but today, their space and opportunity for doing so is being threatened. In Policy for Play, Adrian Voce uses case studies from the United Kingdom, Europe, and North and South America to explore states’ obligations to children under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its 2013 General Comment. While considering the effects that lack of opportunities for play have on children’s lives, he argues that strategies for public health, education, and even environmental sustainability would be more effective with a better-informed perspective on the importance of allowing children the time and space to play. Challenging both play advocates and governments to produce effective policies that protect children’s right to play, this book will be an essential tool for practitioners and campaigners around the world.
Contents
Introduction
The nature of children’s play
Government responses
Children’s play in social policy
Children’s play in the modern world
Children’s Right to Play
Play and inequality
Towards child-friendly towns and cities
A world without play: the effects of play deprivation
Communities for play
Conclusion
Review Quotes
Journal of Playwork Practice
"A very interesting and engaging book for anyone who is looking for questions of why the development of a UK national Play Strategy has been such a hard journey, or for any international agency wishing to take this path in the future."
International Journal of Play
"Policy for Play is a good read, and a starting point to asking questions."
Fraser Brown, Leeds Beckett University
"This is the story of the short-lived political recognition of children’s play by the UK government. Adrian Voce takes us through the exciting highs and subsequent lows with great clarity, attention to detail and no little passion."
John Horton, University of Northampton
"This engaging and timely book is a really welcome addition to published work on play and policy in the UK. It will be an essential read for anyone seeking to understand how play and policy are interconnected in practice."
Jan van Gils, director of the Research Centre Childhood and Society, Belgium (until 2010)
“In 2010 a very promising Play Strategy for England was set out. The author of this book was an important actor in this process and shares his inspiring experiences in this book.”
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