Academics highlight children’s need for street play during lockdown

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There were growing calls today for governments and local authorities to urgently look at steps to allow more children to use their local streets for outside play.

A new paper by Prof. Alison Stenning and Dr. Wendy Russell explores the issues around children’s access to space during government restrictions, within the context of the vital importance of play for their wellbeing and resilience.

The paper suggests that rethinking the purpose of residential streets may hold a key to making the lockdown less harmful to children, more bearable for families, and, therefore more sustainable for communities.

In March, Prof. Stenning and Dr. Russell were among the signatories to an open letter to the government in England asking for specific guidance on children’s play within the coronavirus restrictions.

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Read Prof. Stenning and Dr. Russell’s paper here.

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