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Adventure Playgrounds

Volume 404: debated on Wednesday 7 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the role of adventure playgrounds in reducing anti-social behaviour; and if she will make a statement. [109098]

Good quality play opportunities can have a significant impact on children and young people, their families and the wider community. The wider benefits of effective play provision can include a reduction in crime—it can ensure children and young people are enjoying themselves and are therefore engaged in activities which do not lead them to antisocial behaviour.No formal assessment of the role of adventure playgrounds has been carried out by my Department, but we in partnership with DfES are conducting a review of Children's Play which will report in the summer. This will identify how funding for children's play can be spent most effectively.