Review of public policy on play and recreation in Ireland (Department of Children and Youth Affairs) (2016-17)
This review assesses public policy on play and recreation in Ireland, with attention to the
implementation of the objectives of the National Play Policy (2004) and the National Recreation
Policy (2007). A key objective is to identify barriers, facilitators and the policy context affecting
implementation and impact. Current public provision for play and recreation are examined, taking
into consideration the findings of recent research on perceived benefits of the youth café model
(Forkan et al. 2015). The review will identify relevant literature on play and recreation in Ireland and
current international best practice. The final report will outline key recommendations and a
rationale for future development of public play and recreation in Ireland.
Researchers: Dr Jackie Bourke and Dr Ann Marie Halpenny.