Where next for the Right to Play?
As with all our work, Big Porridge & Play Online 2020 was firmly rooted in children’s human rights. The actor-pedagogues communicated their belief in every participant, acting in a non-judgemental, fair and non-preferential manner, supporting children’s rights to be heard and included, to interact with their peers, to join groups, to parental guidance (the intergenerational aspect of our work), and to play.
We have developed this rights-based work even further through our Have Your Say Through Play project, which most recently supported the Scottish Government’s Rights and Participation team as they prepare to incorporate the United Nations Convention for the Rights of the Child into Scottish law – a landmark moment for children’s rights in Scotland. Through a series of Child Consultations, we used our group play framework to allow children to express how they felt about the coronavirus pandemic and their rights!
As this significant policy is incorporated this week, we’re excited about exploring further ways Storyplay can be used to promote children’s rights and educate adults about the value of play, and how to listen to and engage with children in a meaningful way.