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Making space for play: Wayne Hemingway on safer space for young people

Making space for play: Wayne Hemingway on safer space for young people
Wayne Hemingway

The design and use of public space to enable greater access by children and young people is now under unprecedented scrutiny. In the first half of 2008, a national play strategy will set out work across government to provide children with ‘better physical environments and to create more child-friendly public space’. Part of the challenge will be renewing play space, but also identifying and overcoming barriers to children and young people’s access to the public realm and their independent mobility.