Cynon Valley AM proposes new law for inclusive play

Cynon Valley AM Vikki Howells will be making a bid for the National Assembly for Wales to support her call for a new law to improve opportunities for inclusive play for children and young people with disabilities.

On Wednesday 7 February, the Assembly Member will be proposing that her colleagues note her call for a new Inclusive Play Bill.

The purpose of the Bill would be to improve inclusive play opportunities by placing a duty on local authorities so that they must provide play equipment that meet the needs of children with disabilities.

Vikki Howells AM said:-

“In 2010, Wales was the first country in the world to legislative for children’s play, although the law that was passed did not include any specific provisions relating to accessible playground provision.

“Since then, I have seen many good examples of local authorities putting in place measures to ensure their play areas are inclusive, such as the work carried out by RCT in Cilfynydd.

“However, there is still an insufficiency of opportunities for disabled children and young people to play safely, securely and with their needs being met.

“My proposal would address this, and I hope AMs support my motion”.

Richard Jones, Disability Rights Campaigner and Founder of Accessible News said:-

“Growing up with a disability I am all too aware of the dilemma my parents faced between letting me experience the things non-disabled children did and keeping me safe.

“Vikki’s plans for an Inclusive Play bill would allow children to be children experiencing the thrills of play in a controlled and safe way”.