Here are some papers, reports and publications about play, play spaces and other areas of research.

Links to research on various aspects of childhood

Urban Playground: How child-friendly planning and design can save cities

Personal and Formative School Assessment Practices

Joint Position Paper in the Upcoming Childs Rights Strategy

A future for the world’s children? A WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission

Child Friendly Planning Policy in the UK: A review

A Manifesto for Children’s Play Commissioner Anne Longfield

Preventing Gang and Youth Violence Rapid Review

Are the world’s richest countries family friendly?

How do 11-year-olds understand the regeneration of Deptford?

My Data and Privacy Online – a toolkit for young people

From obesity to allergies, outdoor play is the best medicine for children

School break times and young people’s social lives

The Playtime Matters Report

Children and Neighbourhood Design

The Child’s View of a Good Neighbourhood

No Fear – growing up in a risk averse society

Research shows children play outside half as much as parents did

Harvard Science: Developing Child Key Concepts – Serve and Return

Being There: Why prioritising motherhood in the first three years matters

Mayor of London Early Years in London Baseline Consultation March 2018

House of Commons Treasury Committee Childcare Ninth Report of Session 2017–19

How living in violent communities can affect children’s antisocial behaviour

Improving Children’s Health through Play: Exploring Issues and Recommendations

Unfinished Journey The Global Health Response to Children & Road Traffic 

Born to Move – How Movement and Music assists brain development in children aged 3-7 years by Sally Goddard Blythe with Music by Michael Lazarev

Macaroni Wood – a magical place where children can be children

Children in urban regeneration: foundations for sustainable participation

Eurochild tool for engaging children in decision-making processes

Setting Limits On Screen Time: What Does the Research Say?

The Importance of Outdoor Play and Its Impact on Brain Development In Children

Staffed Play Provision – why it’s important

London Study of Playgrounds – The Influence of Design on Play Behaviour in London vs New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles

Adrian Voce – Legal framework for children’s right to play

Apple investors call for action over iPhone ‘addiction’ among children

Life in Likes – Children’s Commissioner report on the effects of social media on 8-to-12-year-olds

Digital Childhood – Addressing Childhood Development Milestones in the Digital Environment

Ofcom’s Children’s Media Lives study, year 4

Cities Alive – Designing for Urban Childhoods

The Mayor’s New Draft London Plan

Making Spaces for Play

Playing It Up—With Loose Parts, Playpods, and Adventure Playgrounds