Local Authority Play Provision in Scotland, 2006

John McKendrick, Delma Byrne, Marguerite Hunter-Blair

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Abstract

1 Background
Play Scotland commissioned this research to gather baseline information on play in a local authority context. A two-page questionnaire (Appendix 1) was distributed to all local authorities in Scotland in 2006 to collect key information on play policy, funding and training. 27 of the 32 local authorities in Scotland responded before the survey end date (84% response rate).
2 Purpose
Play Scotland was also keen to determine the level of support, policy and planning for play within the local authorities in the absence of a statutory duty for play.
3 Play in Scotland
Local authorities fulfil a critical role in providing quality opportunities for children’s play in Scotland. With one million children living in Scotland in 2006, this represents a significant challenge.
4 Key Findings
The survey highlights that good practice in play provision, support and management is commonplace among local authorities in Scotland. Most notably: play is perceived to be a priority in 68% of local authorities (85% of those responding authorities, for which an opinion was expressed); more than two thirds of local authorities – 68% - have a physical activity strategy for children (85% of those responding authorities, for which an answer was provided); at least £7,816,497 was spent on direct play provision in Scotland by local authorities in 2006; there are, at least, 4,156 playgrounds in Scotland; three fifths of local authorities - 59% - provided opportunities for career development for playwork staff (74% of those responding authorities, for which an answer was
provided).
On the other hand, for some issues, the majority position among local authorities in Scotland is negative. Most notably: only 22% of local authorities have a play policy (27% of those responding authorities, for which an answer was provided); only 31% of local authorities have a play strategy (40% of those responding authorities, for which an answer was provided); only 38% of local authorities in Scotland have either a play strategy or a play policy and only 16% have both a play policy and a play strategy (respectively, 46% and 19% of those responding authorities, for which an answer was provided); only 25% of local authorities offered children free access to leisure centres (42% of those responding authorities, for which an answer was provided); only 41% of local authorities have at least one strategic play development officer (54% of those responding authorities, for which an answer was provided).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationRoslin
PublisherPlay Scotland
Commissioning bodyPlay Scotland
Number of pages49
ISBN (Print)9780955664700
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2007

Keywords

  • play
  • local authorities
  • Scotland

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