Play, leisure and recreation

Governments in the UK recognise that disabled children need good quality play and leisure opportunities. This means that local authorities must provide access to play and leisure.

They must also support children who need help to play or special equipment and practical support to access certain activities and facilities.

Help can include access to:

  • toy libraries
  • adventure playgrounds 
  • holiday schemes, for example holiday clubs organised by the local authority

With additional support some disabled children may also be able to access mainstream leisure facilities such as swimming pools and sports activities.

In England and Wales, your local Family Information Service can tell you what services are available near to you. In England, every local authority must publish a 'local offer' of services, and this includes information about leisure activities. You should find this on your local authority's website.

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