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Word on the street: children and young people’s views on using local streets for play and informal recreation

Word on the street: children and young people’s views on using local streets for play and informal recreation

Henshall, Amanda and Lacey, Lauren (2007) Word on the street: children and young people’s views on using local streets for play and informal recreation. Project Report. Playday, London, UK.

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Abstract

This report forms part of the research for Playday, which is coordinated by Play England, working in partnership with Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland. Playday is a national campaign, which celebrates children’s right to play and where thousands of children and young people get out and play at locally organised events.

The theme of Playday 2007 ‘Our streets too!’ highlights the need for change, so that children, young people and their families can feel confident about playing in streets and areas near their homes all year round. The campaign also highlights that play-friendly streets offer huge benefits to the whole community.

This report is based upon a qualitative study of children and young people’s experiences - good and bad - of using their local streets and wider neighbourhoods for play and informal recreation. Focus groups with children in eight locations took place in England and Wales to find out how children use their streets for play - and what they feel prevents or restricts their use of public space for enjoyment.

The research for this campaign has four parts, which when read in conjunction, provides a valuable insight into how children and young people enjoy the immediate public realm – and worryingly – how their play and informal recreation is becoming increasingly restricted.

The data contained in this document, helped shape a wider quantitative survey of children and adults’ perceptions of street play and informal recreation conducted by ICM. ICM also conducted an additional qualitative study with adults; the findings are contained in the document Attitudes towards street play. The fourth component of this research is a review of third-party studies and literature entitled Street Play: A literature review, which was produced by Play England’s policy and research department.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Additional Information: [1] This report forms part of the research for Playday, which is coordinated by Play England, working in partnership with Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland. Playday is a national campaign, which celebrates children’s right to play and where thousands of children and young people get out and play at locally organised events. [2] Playday is coordinated by Play England, working in partnership with Play Wales, Play Scotland and PlayBoard Northern Ireland. [3] Play England is part of the National Children’s Bureau, and is supported by the Big Lottery Fund.
Uncontrolled Keywords: play, recreation, participation
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Education
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Last Modified: 17 Nov 2017 10:32
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10997

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