As families struggle during the lockdown, Adrian’s post shares a paper from two academics exploring the possibility of opening up residential streets for outdoor play, especially in areas of need.
There are growing calls this morning for governments and local authorities to urgently look at steps to allow more children to use their local streets for outside play.
A new paper by Prof. Alison Stenning and Dr. Wendy Russell explores the issues around children’s access to space during government restrictions, within the context of the vital importance of play for their wellbeing and resilience.
The paper suggests that rethinking the purpose of residential streets may hold a key to making the lockdown less harmful to children, more bearable for families, and, therefore more sustainable for communities.
Read the full paper here.