Publications

Children and young people
In this briefing note, data collected in the last week of February 2021 is analysed to understand parents’ views about two important aspects of the return to school.

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Research
The annual report from the Children's Society finds that 15-year olds in the UK are among the saddest and least satisfied with their lives in Europe.

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Poverty
This report, by the Child Poverty Action Group and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looks at what  families need to provide a minimum socially acceptable standard of living for their children.

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Research
A Freedom of Information request by the Association of Play Industries has revealed that local authorities across England are closing children’s playgrounds.

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Play streets
This report explores how local, resident-led street play initiatives and programmes are being taken forward in disadvantaged areas.

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Policy
The amount of time children spend playing outdoors, their ability to get around independently, and their level of contact with nature are strong indicators of how a city is performing, not just for children but for all generations of city dwellers.

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Research
Two years on: An update on the national physical activity framework finds small but significant improvement in levels of physical activity for adults.

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Youth
Adventure playgrounds are highlighted as one of the top 'needs' for young people in this London-focused research.

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Covid
A rapid literature review of the impact of quarantine, isolation, or other restrictive environments on children’s play and whether play may mitigate the adverse effects of such restrictions.

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Play
Do you want your street to be friendlier and safer; more sociable, happier, healthier? Find out how with our easy to read guide to play streets.

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Research
New primary school assessment processes introduced in 2016 risked narrowing of the curriculum and ‘teaching to the test’, as well as affecting teacher and pupil wellbeing negatively..

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Play
This report addresses in particular the relationship between an increasingly screen-based, sedentary lifestyle and declining outdoor physical activity, and the implications for children’s physical and mental health.

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Play streets
This evaluation of the Street Play Project delivered by London Play, Playing Out and Play England includes persuasive arguments for the public health benefits of play streets.

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Adventure play
This updated briefing draws on the work of an expert group of play theorists and practitioners, to identify the unique characteristics of the adventure playground model of play provision.

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Children and young people
Increasing physical activity among children is a potentially important public health intervention. Quantifying the economic and health effects of the intervention would help decision makers understand its impact and priority. This report suggests that if 50 percent of children in the US exercised for 25 mins daily, $8.1 billion in direct medical costs and $13.8

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