Fencing Around Public Playgrounds

Councils should provide full fencing around public playgrounds, for at least half of the playgrounds that exist in their district.


Why the contribution is important

Children with Autism that do not have safety awareness, and who have a tendency to 'run off' when in open public places, cannot easily access playgrounds to obtain exercise, the opportunity to develop their physical mobility skills, and to met other children to practise social skills.

Without clear boundaries, some children with Autism run away from their caregivers/parents.  Even if there is a one-to-one ratio, a child with Autism may still run due to the lack of a clear boundary.  This is sometimes impulsive and beyond their ability to control.  Often caregivers/parents have more than one child to look after at a time, so they cannot devote all of their time to a child with Autism to ensure they do not run, and remain safe within the boundaries of the playground.  

As most public playgrounds are not fenced they become unaccessible to families with Autism.  This hugely restricts the inclusiveness of those families into community life.  These parents are often under a lot of stress, and to not be able to access playgrounds in their suburb or surrounding suburbs is a further disadvantage that have to deal with that impacts their child's development.

by MariaS on November 27, 2018 at 02:10PM

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