Play and police


A new UK Government took office on 11 May and is in the process of deciding its position on a number of policies and government strategies . As a result the resources listed on this page may not reflect current Government policy. All statutory guidance and legislation referred to continues to reflect the current legal position unless indicated otherwise.

Resources and further information relating to play and the police.

  1. 1. ACPO letter supporting the national Play Strategy www.playengland.org.uk/playstrategy In this recent letter to their members, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) emphasised that good play and recreational facilities contribute to reduced youth crime, help build safer communities and tackle the problem of social exclusion.
  2. 2. Aiming high for young people: a ten year strategy for positive activities http://publications.dcsf.gov.uk/default.aspx?PageFunction=productdetails&PageMode=publications&ProductId=PU214 This document considers how the government can help all young people, particularly those in deprived areas, to take part in enjoyable and purposeful activities in their free time, to help them develop new skills and raise their aspirations.
  3. 3. Safe from bullying: Guidance and training resources for tackling bullying outside schools www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/resources-and-practice/IG00363 The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) has produced this suite of guidance on tackling bullying.
  4. 4. Staying Safe http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/safeguardingandsocialcare/safeguardingchildren/stayingsafe/stayingsafe Staying Safe was a major consultation with parents, children, young people, government partners and the children’s workforce on children’s safety. It led to the creation of the Staying Safe Action Plan.
  5. 5.Youth Crime Action Plan www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/Youth/youthmatters/youthtaskforce/actionplan/actionplan/ The youth crime action plan is a comprehensive, cross-government analysis of what the government is going to do to tackle youth crime.
    It sets out a 'triple track' approach of enforcement and punishment where behaviour is unacceptable, including non-negotiable support and challenge where it is most needed, plus better and earlier prevention.
  6. 6.Youth Taskforce Action Plan www.dcsf.gov.uk/everychildmatters/Youth/youthmatters/youthtaskforce Over the last few years the government has listened to the public and made tackling anti-social behaviour a top priority. The Youth Taskforce Action Plan sets out a strong package of actions and funding to continue this approach and tackle the root causes of bad behaviour.
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