PlayBoard actively engage in a wide range of activities aimed at influencing government policy to better respond to the issues that impact on children and young people’s play. Through our policy work we aim to put play firmly on the agenda of policy makers and resource providers at regional and local government level.

Partnership working is a key aspect of our work within the policy arena. We know we cannot achieve our aims and objectives on our own so we seek out and work in collaboration with other like-minded organisations.

As members of key policy forums at Northern Ireland and UK level, some concerned specifically with play and some with wider children and young people’s issues, we are able to raise awareness of the child’s right to play and to place play and playwork on the agenda of other organisations.

PlayBoard are currently represented on:

  • Play Policy Forum (UK level)
  • Play Safety Forum (UK Level)
  • All Party Children and Young People Group
  • CiNI policy sub-group
  • Child Poverty Alliance
  • Early Years Strategic Alliance
  • Children and Young Peoples As Researchers (CYPAR)

Through membership of such forums we benefit from other organisations’ perspectives on policy development, using these insights to inform our policy responses, guide how we participate in the policy development process and how we influence decision-making relating to the right to play.

Current policies developments we are watching:

  • Delivering Social Change
  • Bright Start
  • Community Planning
  • Together Building a United Community
  • Disability Strategy
  • Racial Equality Strategy