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- API: Surfacing Code of Practice – Provision of Impact Attenuating Surfaces – Updated
The API has published a revised Code of Practice: Provision of Impact Attenuating Surfaces document. The Code of Practice has been produced to provide prospective clients and specifiers with guidance on the types of surfacing options available. The document includes useful information on basic construction requirements, specification and maintenance currently employed in constructing impact absorbing surfaces in playgrounds.
- API: API at A Glance
The API has published a document which gives an overview of what the Association of Play Industries is all about and includes 10 good reasons why it pays to choose an API member, along with details of membership benefits.
- All Party Commission on Physical Activity: Report: Tackling Physical Inactivity
This is the first of two reports from the All-Party Parliamentary Commission on Physical Activity, which was set up in 2013. Here they set out the scale and scope of the problem, mapping out the specific areas in which there needs to work for change. In the second report there will be some tangible suggestions on how we can begin to tackle this epidemic.
- APPG Fit and Healthy Childhood: The Mental Health of Children and Young People Report
As Parliament awaits the Government Bill to reform the 1983 Mental Health Act, Baroness Frances D’Souza, Honorary President of The Children’s Alliance believes that ‘It’s time to deliver for children.’ Introducing ‘The Mental Health of Children and Young People,’ she said: ‘This new Children’s Alliance evidence-based report shows that it’s time for the forthcoming new Bill to deliver for children and young people. Demand for truly national mental health services covering the full range of need was high before the pandemic but now it’s off the scale. We can’t turn back time but we can start early with the legal protection provided by a fully-funded National Strategy for Mental Health. The earlier the intervention, the less likely that successive adult societies will pay a human and economic bill for mental illness.’
With NHS data showing a 90% increase on 2020 figures in the number of children referred for urgent mental health treatment (2,260 in June 2021 alone)
- APPG Fit and Healthy Childhood: Play
The All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood are lobbying for government to adopt a holistic strategy to support child development. Launched its report to Parliament on the 15th October 2015 the group’s co-Chair, children’s advocate Baroness Floella Benjamin, called on politicians from all parties to acknowledge the vital role of play in children’s lives and particularly in helping tackle the physical inactivity crisis.
- APPG Fit and Healthy Childhood: Mental Health In Childhood
In 2017 government green paper entitled ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision’ was seen by many as a welcome recognition that, in reference to child mental health facilities in England, the euphemism ‘could do better’ should be replaced by ‘now fit for purpose‘.
- APPG Fit and Healthy Childhood: Healthy Patterns for Healthy Families report
According to NICE (May 2014) obesity in the United Kingdom is rapidly becoming the norm. More than a quarter of adults are now defined as obese and an additional 42% are overweight. Obesity is a family affair and it starts early. This report offers recommendations to the Government to help tackle this issue.
- APPG Fit and Healthly Childhood: The Early Years
Investment in children’s earliest years is the key to health and well-being in later life, argues a new report. The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on a Fit and Healthy Childhood has called for a holistic approach to the early years and for a new government department, Children and Family Life, led by a cabinet minister for children. Play features strongly in the report with calls for the National Play Strategy (2008) to be revised, with plans for play in schools and public spaces. It includes a call for statutory performance measures of children’s play using EU indices of child health and well-being.
- Design to Move: A Physical Activity Action Agenda
Just a few generations ago, physical activity was an integral part of daily life. In the name of progress, we’ve now chipped away at it so thoroughly that physical inactivity actually seems normal. The economic costs are unacceptable, the human costs are un-forgivable. Designed to Move is founded on a robust evidence base. The science is clear. The debate is over. Urgent priority must be given to dramatically increase the world’s commitment to physical activity.
- Public Health England: Change4Lifeevidence review
This rapid evidence review aims to identify relevant literature on the physiological, psychological, social, and behavioural outcomes of physical activity participation among children aged 5 to 11 years, and provide an indication of the strength of the evidence for each outcome.
- Public Health England: Everybody Active Every Day framework
Public Health England (PHE) wants to drive a step change in the public’s health. We recently identified seven priorities for the next ten years to tackle the behaviour that increases the risk of poor mental and physical health.5 Tackling physical inactivity is critical to delivering many of those priorities (eg, dementia, obesity and giving every child the best start in life).
- SENSE: Case for Play
For three months between September and November 2015, Sense undertook a public inquiry into the provision of play opportunities for children aged 0-5 with multiple needs in England and Wales. The inquiry was established in response to feedback received from families of children with multiple needs who had expressed concerns that they had fewer opportunities to access play services and settings in comparison to families with non-disabled children.
- Sport and Recreation Alliance: Reconomics report
The Reconomics report brings together all the existing information, research and evidence relating to the impact of outdoor recreation and provides a compelling case to politicians of the true value of outdoor recreation.
- The Parks Alliance: The National Playground Growing The Next Generation
The Parks Alliance (TPA), the UK’s voice of parks, today published ‘The National Playground: growing the next generation’ on the importance of parks to family life. The current squeeze on budgets is putting our parks and green spaces at risk and data highlighted in the report show that parents with children under 10, are most concerned about the impact of budget cuts on local parks, with 7 out of 10 worried about the prospect of cuts.
- UK Active: Generation Inactive report
Generation Inactive establishes the state of the challenge ahead and highlights how little grip we currently have on the scale of the problem of childhood inactivity. It explores the current understanding of children’s physical activity in Primary Schools and investigates the measures that are uses to track the activity and fitness levels of pupils.
- Youth Sport Trust: #Classof2035 report
The report which explores children’s attitudes to sport and predicts the future of school sport. With the revelation that many children view playing video games with friends as a form of exercise, the YST report’s key argument is that it will be important to harness the power and appeal of technology if we are to encourage children to be physically active over the next 20 years.