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Play Pledge and Play Sufficiency Partnership

To consider the report of the Lead Member for People – Youth Services and Anti-poverty

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

(i)         That the Play Pledge for Wrexham be endorsed and the development of a Play Sufficiency Partnership that will work to identify barriers to children accessing time and space for play and provide oversight of the Play Sufficiency Action Plan be supported.

 

(ii)        That Heads of Department be supported to identify relevant officers to be involved in the partnership to ensure that knowledge, skills and resources are coordinated in support of play.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(i)         At a time of reducing investment in play provision, the Play Pledge would help to ensure that appropriate consideration is given to protecting and improving children’s time, space and permission for play within the public realm and other Local Authority run services. In doing so the agreement would enable the Local Authority to demonstrate its commitment to the Play Sufficiency Duty by establishing cross departmental and organisational support for children’s play at no additional cost to the authority.

 

(ii)        Whilst the Play Development Team will continue to provide the driving force, maintaining momentum and coordinating cross-departmental activities in support of children’s play, this approach will help ensure that the work of each relevant department/organisation is represented on the Play Sufficiency Partnership. This process would also formalise existing links between the Play Development Team and other departments/organisations and would enable new links to be formed with those partners not yet involved.

 

(iii)       The intention is that this partnership meets as regularly as capacity realistically allows to review progress against the play sufficiency action plans and discuss particular challenges associated with improving children’s opportunities for play (more frequent meetings may be required when completing the actual play sufficiency assessments). In between these times actions would be progressed via ongoing email and telephone communication between individuals, and by smaller working groups if necessary. An appropriate level chair should also be identified to ensure ongoing full council commitment to the Play Sufficiency Duty and reports made to the Public Service Board on progress made.

Minutes:

The Lead Member for People – Youth Services and Anti-Poverty submitted a report (HEd/13/18) seeking endorsement of the Wrexham Play Pledge and the subsequent development of a Play Sufficiency Partnership to oversee the Local Authority’s work in respect of the Play Sufficiency Duty.

 

The Lead Member presented the report and drew Members’ attention to the main points contained within it.  During discussions, the following points were raised:

 

·         Importance of focussing on the planning process to ensure consideration was given to providing safe places for children to play.  The Lead Member confirmed that he would be arranging a Workshop to highlight what role Planning Committee Members had in ensuring that the needs of children and young people were met.

·         Confirmation that the AONB had previously been involved in the play forum, and put significant emphasis on the provision of play.

·         Previously, Welsh Government had provided funding at the end of the financial year which enabled the Council to set up a small grants scheme so that communities could apply for funding for play projects.  It was noted that if the Council were to receive similar funding this year, a similar grant scheme would be created.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(i)         That the Play Pledge for Wrexham be endorsed and the development of a Play Sufficiency Partnership that will work to identify barriers to children accessing time and space for play and provide oversight of the Play Sufficiency Action Plan be supported.

 

(ii)        That Heads of Department be supported to identify relevant officers to be involved in the partnership to ensure that knowledge, skills and resources are coordinated in support of play.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(i)         At a time of reducing investment in play provision, the Play Pledge would help to ensure that appropriate consideration is given to protecting and improving children’s time, space and permission for play within the public realm and other Local Authority run services. In doing so the agreement would enable the Local Authority to demonstrate its commitment to the Play Sufficiency Duty by establishing cross departmental and organisational support for children’s play at no additional cost to the authority.

 

(ii)        Whilst the Play Development Team will continue to provide the driving force, maintaining momentum and coordinating cross-departmental activities in support of children’s play, this approach will help ensure that the work of each relevant department/organisation is represented on the Play Sufficiency Partnership. This process would also formalise existing links between the Play Development Team and other departments/organisations and would enable new links to be formed with those partners not yet involved.

 

(iii)       The intention is that this partnership meets as regularly as capacity realistically allows to review progress against the play sufficiency action plans and discuss particular challenges associated with improving children’s opportunities for play (more frequent meetings may be required when completing the actual play sufficiency assessments). In between these times actions would be progressed via ongoing email and telephone communication between individuals, and by smaller working groups if necessary. An appropriate level chair should also be identified to ensure ongoing full council commitment to the Play Sufficiency Duty and reports made to the Public Service Board on progress made.

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