News Campaign 31

A new video promoting and encouraging a child’s right to play has been released on Youtube.

The video, which is part of the newly launched Campaign 31 encourages a child’s right to play, while detailing the reasons behind the campaign.

Last year the Committee on the Rights of the Child launched an additional piece of guidance, called General Comment 17, because they were concerned by the poor recognition given to Article 31 rights. In this they said that more needed to be done to create time and space for spontaneous play, recreation and creativity and the promotion of attitudes that support and encourage such activity.

Campaign 31 has been launched to coincide with the Welsh Government introducing a statutory duty on local authorities to ‘secure sufficient play opportunities for children’, and to begin the build up to the annual Play Day event on Wednesday 6th August.

The video, which can be viewed in full below goes on to detail Article 31 and a child’s rights to work, rest and leisure.

Wrexham Council play development co-ordinator Mike Barclay said: “Rights are things every child should have or be able to do. All children have the same rights and these rights are listed in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which almost every country in the world has agreed to. Article 31 of the convention recognises children’s rights to play, rest and leisure, and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re a child or an adult, we’re asking everyone to show their support for children’s right to play by making a 31 and sending us a photo.”

Images can be sent to: play@wrexham.gov.uk or shared with us via twitter: @playwrexham (using #campaign31).

More about the scheme and play Wrexham can be found on the Council’s website, here.

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