Play Organisations

There are lots of charities and organisation who support and promote the play industry and the needs of children.

Play England
Play England

Play England’s vision is for England to be a country where everybody can fully enjoy their right to play throughout their childhood and teenage years, as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 31 and the Charter for Children’s Play.

To achieve this, their aims are to ensure that:

  • All children and young people have the freedom – time, space, permission and opportunity – to play throughout their childhood and teenage years;
  • All residential neighbourhoods are child friendly places where children and young people can regularly play outside; and
  • Everyone is aware of the importance of play – outdoors and indoors – as part of children and young people’s daily lives.

PlayBoard Northern Ireland
Playboard Northern Ireland

PlayBoard is an independent charity and the lead organisation for the development and promotion of children and young people’s play in Northern Ireland.

Since its establishment in 1985, PlayBoard has been committed to supporting children and young people’s play through a combination of:

  • Service delivery and development;
  • Campaigning and lobbying;
  • Research, evaluation and awareness raising;
  • Working in partnership with others to put play on the agenda of policy makers and resource providers; and
  • Promoting best practice in Play and Playwork.

Play Scotland
Play Scotland

Play Scotland works to promote the importance of play for all children and young people, and campaigns to create increased play opportunities in the community.

Their mission is to increase awareness of the importance of play to the development of children and young people in Scotland.

They want to ensure that all children and young people in Scotland have equal access to diverse and quality play opportunities that meet their individual need.

Play Scotland’s work is underpinned by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 31 which states: “State parties recognise 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.”

Play Wales
Play Wales

Play Wales is an independent charity funded by the Welsh Government – their area of charitable remit is Wales.

They work to raise awareness of children and young people’s need and right to play and to promote good practice at every level of decision making and in every place where children might play.

They provide advice and guidance to support all those who have an interest in, or responsibility for providing for children’s play so that one day Wales will be a place where they recognise and provide well for every child’s play needs.