New book: ‘Play and Health in Childhood: A Rights-Based Approach’

Date: 5th October 2023
Category: General measures of implementation, General principles


Upstart has launched a new book written by Julia Whitaker and Alison Tonkin, showing how having fun, experiencing pleasure and knowing joy in childhood are crucial to a child’s health and development.

The premise of ‘Play and Health in childhood: a Rights-Based Approach’ is “firmly rooted in the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, which identifies play as one of 43 ‘active’ rights that belong to all children up to the age of 18, irrespective of who they are or where they live. The Convention also declares that children have the right to the ‘highest attainable standard of health’ (UNICEF 2016) and in this book they have made ‘play’ and ‘health’ the dream team, demonstrating that in the true spirit of universality and indivisibility, you cannot have one without the other as it is through play that each child grows and flourishes to live their best possible life.”