Welcome to the International Play Association – England branch
We are part of a global network dedicated to promoting the child’s right to play. Our work is guided by Article 31 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
We run events, share good practice with our members, lobby, write and present papers and workshops. We also stay connected to the international network and share play updates from around the world.
Our constitution is available here NEW IPA England Constitution 2019-06.
Our current newsletter (April 2020) is available here.
News and updates
IPA Triennial conference in Jaipur
The IPA Triennial conference in Jaipur scheduled for November has been postponed until 2021. We will keep members updated on developments.
As a committee, we will continue to meet and plan using online platforms. We will be making a decision in our April 3 meeting on our Prelude to Jaipur event, scheduled for June 5, 2020.
IPA England event on the Child’s Right to Play – June 5, 2020. London
In preparation for the upcoming IPA Triennial conference in Jaipur this November, we are pleased to present a one day event examining some of the themes of the conference.
We are still finalising the programme, but it will build on our successful ‘Halfway to Jaipur’ Conference which we held in May 2019 and will be held at the same location, Unite’s ‘Discus’ Conference Centre in Holborn
We will be posting more details here, so please keep the date in your diary.
21st IPA Triennial World Conference
To be held in the city of Jaipur, India on 4-7, November, 2020
We’re really excited about this conference, and we’re encouraging all IPA England members to attend and consider submitting a paper or running a workshop – the deadline has now been extended to the end of February. More details are here.
Lady Allen of Hurtwood Trust – applications for 2020 awards
The Lady Allen Trust is a small organisation, offering up to two grants of approximately £1,000 per year to play practioners who wish to travel to expand their knowledge, raise awareness and make new contacts. The award is to support and enhance an individual’s professional development in the play world with the aim of enhancing and improving their practice in their own work environment. IPA England is represented on the Trust.
The award is open to any playworker within the UK, but cannot be used for attendance at conferences, electives or research. All applicants are expected to provide a written report of how they used their grant.
For further information on the trust, contact details and application forms you can go to; www.ladyallentrust.org.uk
Play England, the Playwork Foundation and the International Play Association England are delighted to have joined forces to publish a Manifesto for Play.
A Manifesto for Play
Policy Proposals for Children’s Play
The Manifesto, based on a series of consultations with children’s professionals, calls on Britain’s political parties to include Leadership, Legislation and Investment in children’s play in their election manifestos to transform the health, happiness and well-being of children in England.
We are asking all members and supporters to write to their Member of Parliament asking MPs to support the Manifesto for Play.
The Manifesto for Play calls for 4 pledges for children that we want to see the political parties include in their election manifestos:
- Leadership – create a Cabinet minister for children with responsibility for play
- Legislation – make planning for play a statutory duty
- Investment – more and better play opportunities, spaces and services for children including play in in parks and public spaces, playgrounds, housing, play streets, after school and holiday play schemes, adventure playgrounds and schools
- Delivering for play – investment in quality support and training for professionals.
Meynell Walter, Chair of the International Play Association England branch said:
“Children have an innate need to play, recognised by the right to play being enshrined in Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. IPA England dedicates its work to promoting this, and we call upon Government and public bodies to adopt and action the policy proposals in this manifesto. Leadership at all levels and associated funding is essential NOW to support opportunities for their play.”
Who we are – The International Play Association – England branch
We aim to uphold the right of all children and young people to time, freedom and space to play in their own way by:
- Debating the philosophical and practical rationales for intervening in children’s play and the appropriateness and effectiveness of the various responses that have arisen from them in all relevant national and international areas
- Advising and supporting the IPA International network and Board to effectively work to influence international bodies and agencies
- Facilitating the international exchange of evidence and experience (for instance events, articles, papers, contribution to PlayRights magazine, website and supporting study visits)
- Contributing to global consultation initiatives
- Facilitating ‘cross-fertilisation’ between disciplines that have an interest or impact on children and young people’s play, environments for play and playwork
- Setting up working groups as necessary to support activities in line with our aims