Campaigner Adrian Voce OBE leads a symposium on children's play.
The importance of time and space for children to play is established across a range of scientific disciplines, with a child's right to play recognised in international law. Yet play is rarely a priority for government, planners or developers. Public spaces are increasingly privatised, and in the age of austerity, the play projects and services that bridge this deficit, such as adventure playgrounds, are often first in line for closure. As part of the project Child's Play, this symposium seeks to advocate for improved provision for this universal right and explores why play is not better protected within the public realm, alongside what can or should be done to afford all children the space to play.