MacKay Hannah

Children’s Rights: The fundamental importance of right to rest, leisure, play and cultural activities

Thu 2nd May 2019

, Brodies LLP - Edinburgh

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There has been a recent increase in the level of understanding of the need to have a balance of rest, leisure, play and cultural activities in children’s development.  Children learn through play and its related activities.  The research base is getting stronger, and points to having a significant impact on the mental health and well being for children into their adolescence.  In Scotland there have been some attempts to promote play through the 2013 Play Strategy and the promotion of play based learning in schools.  However overall, there is a considerable way to go before we can be satisfied that play is given the priority it merits.

The UNCRC has a lot of relevance to these aspects of children and has focused attention through the publication of a General Comment in 2013.  A better understanding of the international rights based framework can complement the growing significance of play in children’s lives – and strike a better balance of education, play and leisure activities for children in their development.   

The seminar will be led by Tam Baillie, former Scotland Commissioner for Children and Young People and will focus on:

  • What does the UNCRC and General Comment 17 say about play, leisure, rest and cultural activities?
  • Why is play fundamental to children’s development?
  • What have been the recent key changes in children’s access to play opportunities?
  • What relevance does this have to your role?
  • How can you improve your policy/practice in respect of UNCRC Article 31? 

This seminar is suitable for anyone responsible for children and young people.  This can be carers, staff responsible for the delivery of services to children and families; managers responsible for allocating resources for children and young people; policy makers at all levels; and senior managers directing policy and resources.

Attendance at this seminar will provide an opportunity for you to;

  • Increase your understanding of the human rights framework in respect of play, leisure, rest and cultural activities
  • Improve your knowledge of the central role of play in children’s lives
  • Develop your capacity to see where you can influence play, leisure and cultural opportunities for children and young people
  • Consider how future improvements can be made in respect of children’s rights and the realisation of Article 31

The seminar will be a mixture of lecture input and refection on the part of the participants.  It will allow participants the opportunity to be better informed about the international framework of children’s rights and participation and allow them the space to reflect on their own role and how they can apply participation rights in a more meaningful way.  Be prepared for an interactive session and the opportunity for learning from others.


Tam Baillie

former Scotland Commissioner for Children and Young People

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Some interesting points noted. Liked the afternoon presentation snapshots.

Caroline Gardiner - Fife Council,
Delegate Closing Scotland's Education Poverty and Attainment Gap