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
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.
For more information about accessible holidays, day trips and attractions, including advice about travel insurance, visit the charity website Tourism for All.
- Read our parent guide Holidays, play and leisure [PDF].
- Wherever you live in the UK, you can call our freephone helpline (Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5pm) on 0808 808 3555, ask us a question by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or post a query on our Facebook page.
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