In 2010 IPA Scotland received funding from Awards for All to consult children and young people across Scotland about their right to play, this research was undertaken by the Children’s Parliament on behalf of IPA Scotland. We listened to children’s voices on the meaning and importance of play and wished to share these voices. This report shares their views with local and national decision-makers in Scotland.
The Children’s Parliament designed and facilitated 36 workshops in 28 locations across Scotland; visiting 14 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities and engaging with 379 children aged between 2 and 13 years of age.
Participating children came from a range of backgrounds and were of different abilities. Workshops took place in after school projects, on the street, and in nursery and primary schools. Children played games, drew pictures and made models as they discussed play.