Play England has published a report on the results of its Playday 2022 survey, conducted in partnership with Save the Children.
The report, Trends in Children’s Street Play, highlights how children regularly playing out in their street has declined dramatically over the past 70+ years. It also demonstrates that regularly playing out is associated with better wellbeing during childhood, as well as better mental health into adulthood.
The report was created by Professor Helen Dodd on behalf of Play England. It shows children want to spend more time in their local area, but are often discouraged from playing or hanging out by parents, neighbours and other children. Parents also noted that they are worried about their children’s play upsetting neighbours, in particular their child making a noise outside.
The 2022 survey data was collected by OnePoll who surveyed 1000 children aged 6 to 16, 1000 adults and 1000 parents of children aged 6 to 16. The questions align with a previous survey conducted by Play England in 2013 and, where possible, the latest report compares the two data sets.