Free Time Consortium

Participation Works is part of the Free Time Consortium, a growing collective of local and specialist organisations working together to increase freedom to play.

The Consortium is led by Play England and is founded on the principle of sharing information about how to make sure more children can play more often. Through promotion and practice, local Play Associations and national specialist organisations aim to make sure that all children in England have the time, space and opportunity to play throughout their daily lives.

Current Consortium members are: Birmingham PlayCare Network, Children's Links, Hackney Play Association, Hillingdon Play Association, KIDS, Lambeth Play Association, London Play, Manchester Young Lives, Milton Keynes Play Association, Participation Works, Play England, Play Torbay, Playwork Partnerships, Plymouth Play Association, Shiremoor Adventure Playground Trust (North Tyneside Council), SkillsActive and Wansdyke Play Association.

If your organisation is passionate about children's play, contact Play England to find out about joining the Consortium.

How to involve children and young people in designing and developing play spaces
Together with Play England, Participation Works has developed this guide play guidanceaimed at all those involved in designing and developing play spaces for children and young people. In 2008 the government launched the first national Play Strategy for England which includes a capital investment programme to create 3,500 new or refurbished play sites. The How To guide aims to support his initiative by providing introductory advice and practice examples of how to involve children and young people at all stages of the design process.
Find out how to order this resource

Charter for Children's Play
The Charter for Children's Play sets out a vision for play, and outlines the principles of what play means for children and what we should all do to promote their right to enjoy it.

Charter for Children's Play: Children and young people's version
This pocket sized fold-out version of the charter has been produced to help children and young people understand how the charter principles work to protect their right to play. Children can carry the charter around easily and refer to it when needed, and provides an excellent tool to help with children's consultation.

Charter for Children's Play: Poster
This colourful A2 poster highlights each of the eight charter statements in a child-friendly and engaging way. It can be used to highlight the importance of play wherever you need to promote this message.

Our play – our choice: a KIDS consultation with disabled children
This good practice briefing outlines the findings of a play consultation carried out by KIDS in early 2009 with disabled children, and includes signposts to useful organisations and resources on participation and inclusion.

Making it Happen: Implementing the Charter for Children's Play
The guide is for anyone who works directly with children and young people or are involved in policy decisions that affect their lives. It summarises recent developments in play and children's policy and provides links to supporting documents.

Participation Works is a consortium of…
British Youth CouncilChildren's Rights Alliance for EnglandNational Council for Voluntary Youth ServicesNational Youth AgencyNCB

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