Policy for Play is managed and edited by Adrian Voce OBE, a writer, consultant and campaigner specialising in policy, planning and funding for children’s play.
He is an external member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood, the chair of Islington’s Children and Young People’s Voluntary Sector Forum and on the core group of the European Network of Child-Friendly Cities. He is an experienced public speaker, recently giving presentations and workshops at conferences in Denmark, Zagreb, Moscow and London. Consultancy clients have included local and national play organisations, local authorities and commercial companies.
Adrian was the main government advisor on the Play Strategy (2008). As chair, then director of the Children’s Play Council and founding director of Play England, he played the key role in securing almost £350m of public funding for children’s play; an investment that saw an increase of almost 8 per cent over just one year in the level of satisfaction with local play provision expressed by children in England. He led the support for councils to build 3000 new play areas and 30 staffed adventure playgrounds; improving provision in the process through the production of groundbreaking new guidance in planning, design and risk management in children’s play.
Previously, after a long career as a playworker, Adrian was the first director of London Play (1998-2004), securing policy commitments for children’s play from the London Mayor and drafting the Mayor’s guidance on play strategies for the London Boroughs. Under his leadership, London Play built a number of successful independent play associations and developed the gold standard for quality assurance in staffed play provision in England: Quality in Play.
Adrian has produced a number of other influential publications and appeared often in the national media speaking and writing about play policy.
He was awarded an OBE for services to children in 2011.
When he is not working Adrian can often be found enjoying some of the fruits of his labours in London’s parks and playgrounds with his two young sons, Eran and Theo, who have kindly agreed for their images to grace this site.