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Andrew Millie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420947

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420947.001.0001

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Every child matters in public open spaces

Every child matters in public open spaces

Chapter:
(p.97) four Every child matters in public open spaces
Source:
Securing respect
Author(s):

Helen Woolley

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420947.003.0005

In 2003 the British government declared Every Child Matters. This assertion stated that children should be healthy, safe and happy, and they should make a positive contribution and be allowed to achieve economic well-being. One of the goals of this policy was to provide a joined-up approach to children and young people's services in local government. Another development towards this policy was launched in December 2007. This was the Children's Plan for England which was intended as a ten-year program with an aim of making England the best place in the world for children and young people to grow up in. This chapter examines the place of children and young people in public open spaces and considers whether they are accepted or respected. It uses examples and narratives of young people skateboarding and the provision of outdoor play spaces for children. The chapter concludes with a discussion that public spaces are significantly controlled by adults. The implications for respect and citizenship are also included in the discussion.

Keywords:   Every Child Matters, children, young people, public open spaces, public spaces, outdoor play spaces, respect, citizenship

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