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Play Sufficiency Duty

In 2012 the Welsh Government introduced the ‘Play Sufficiency Duty’ and made Wales the first country in the world to have a law specifically aimed at making sure children have enough opportunities for play.

They did this because they understand that play is central to children’s enjoyment of life and is essential to their physical and emotional well-being and their healthy development. However, they also recognise that some aspects of our modern society can limit children’s time and space for play and so they want more to be done to help create environments where children can freely play and encourage communities to be more play friendly.

This new law comes in two parts. The first part meant that we needed to carry out an investigation to find out more about the opportunities for play currently available to children in Wrexham. The second part of this law then means that, based on what we now know about play in Wrexham, we must take steps to secure enough opportunities for all children to play. This means that where the opportunities are already good enough we need to make sure they stay that way and where they’re not good enough we need to try and improve the situation.

In this section of the website you can find out more about what the local authority is doing to make sure all Wrexham’s children have access to enough time, space and permission for play as part of their everyday lives.