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Disabled children feel unsafe in playgrounds – and are 'missing childhood experiences', campaigners warn

Tuesday, 14 June, 2022

Disabled children feel unsafe in playgrounds – and are 'missing childhood experiences', campaigners warn

Fully accessible playgrounds for children with special needs are rare

 
Disabled children do not feel safe in playgrounds, according to the equality charity Scope, which says they are being denied fun, friendship and development opportunities.
Research by the charity shows one in 10 parents of disabled children said they did not feel their child was safe using inaccessible equipment and the same number said their disabled child had hurt themselves using it.
Emma Vogelmann, lead policy adviser at Scope, said the situation was "extremely alarming".
She told Sky News: "Families with disabled children already face so many challenges in their everyday life and one challenge that they're enduring at the minute is not being able to enjoy this core community space of a local playground and feeling included in their communities.
"Many playgrounds aren't designed with disabled children in mind. For example, many have woodchip or sand floors which may be difficult for children with wheelchairs or walkers, and concrete floors are dangerous for children who are prone to falling."
Click here to read full article https://news.sky.com/story/disabled-children-feel-unsafe-in-playgrounds-and-are-missing-childhood-experiences-campaigners-warn-12631753

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