This briefing is for parish councils who want to provide better opportunities for children’s play. It provides information on taking a strategic approach to play and ensuring that provision balances the risk and the benefits of good play opportunities.
Parish councils are the lowest or first tier of local government. They are elected bodies and have powers to raise tax (or precept) to support their operations and carry out local projects. Parish councils have limited powers but can provide facilities themselves or contribute towards their provision by others. This includes the provision of recreation grounds, playing fields, children’s play areas and swimming baths. This briefing looks at the role of parish councils in managing children’s play provision.
This briefing was produced as part of Play England’s Engaging Communities in Play programme.