PlayBoard is an independent charity and the lead organisation for the development and promotion of children and young people’s play in Northern Ireland.
Since its establishment in 1985, PlayBoard has been committed to supporting children and young people’s play through a combination of:
- Service delivery and development;
- Campaigning and lobbying;
- Research, evaluation and awareness raising;
- Working in partnership with others to put play on the agenda of policy makers and resource providers; and
- Promoting best practice in Play and Playwork.
A membership organisation, PlayBoard work closely with and provide support to over 100 member groups, all of whom are committed to helping us to achieve our goal of developing quality play opportunities that improve children and young people’s lives across Northern Ireland.
As a rights based organisation we strongly believe that play is an intrinsic aspect of children and young people’s lives. PlayBoard works from the premise that play is fundamental to a healthy and happy childhood. Play challenges and informs our understanding of children and young people because it views them as competent and confident human beings.
This position is further endorsed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC, 1989). Article 31 declares:
“States Parties recognise the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate fully in cultural life and the arts. States Parties shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity”
ADVANCING ALL WE STAND FOR, BY DRIVING THE PLAY AGENDA