Open spaces

The Commissioner's office has helped produce research and publications relating to the provision of outdoor activities and play opportunities for children and young people in residential care.

Open spaces publications

Children's right to play, culture and arts: A review of Article 31 in Scotland

IPA Scotland and Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, Spring 2014. A general exploration of how children and young people experience Article 31 in Scotland.

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Go outdoors! Guidance and good practice on encouraging outdoor activities in residential child care

Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People, SIRCC, the Scottish Government, June 2010. This guidance promotes the right of children and young people in residential care to participate in everyday outdoor activities. The guidance is designed to help practitioners and managers to carry out their duty of care safely and responsibly.

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Playing it safe? A study of the regulation of outdoor play for children and young people in residential care

SIRCC, November 2007. The aim of this research was to describe and explain the barriers to, and opportunities for, outdoor play and recreation that exist in residential child care services.

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