The Interdependence and Indivisibility of the UNCRC: Implementing and Understanding the Right to Play and the Convention

Event date
14 - 16 June
Event time
13:00 - 13:30
Oxford week
TT 8
Bonavero Institute of Human Rights & Zoom

Please find the full list of speakers at the bottom of the event page, underneath the Programme.

Notes & Changes

This event will be hybrid, taking place at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and on Zoom, apart from panels which are marked as *in-person only*. This event is an open event. Please register to enable us to monitor expected numbers.

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Please register here to attend the symposium via Zoom.

The child’s right to play has historically been overlooked in favour of other children’s rights. Yet, children’s rights are interrelated and interdependent. This symposium looks to investigate the relationship between the right to play and the Convention on the Rights of the Child as a whole. It will explore how implementation of the right to play assists in the implementation of other convention rights, and vice versa. This symposium is the first of its kind, applying the right to play to the broader children’s rights framework and reflecting on the impact this may have for advocacy, implementation and realisation of the right to play.

The symposium includes contributions from academics, non-governmental organisations, advocates, and policy experts from across the globe, including the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. Contributions will provide recommendations for policy and practice, as well as critical academic debate. The event will foster relationships for future collaboration and impact. Topics discussed will include: Education, Health, Street Children, Disabilities, Planning and Urban Development, Identity Rights, the Digital Environment and AI, Environmental Rights and Climate Change, Intersectionality, and more!


Wednesday 14th June 2023

  1. Welcome: The Interdependence of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and Implementing the Right to Play (13.00-13.30)


Dr Naomi Lott (University of Oxford)

  1. *In-person only* Children’s Voices on their Right to Play (13.30-14.45)
  2. The Right to Play and the Right to Education (15.00-16.45)

Chair: Professor Leon Feinstein (University of Oxford)


Dr Jonathon Sargeant (Australian Catholic University)

Michael Follet and Niel Coleman (OPAL)

Futhi Mbongwe (Play Africa)

Professor Sonali Nag and Hannah Simmons (University of Oxford and the TalkTogether Project)

  1. KEYNOTE: Tim Gill (Independent Scholar) (17.30-18.30)
    ‘Getting Serious About Play: How can we build the public policy case?’


Drinks Reception and Speakers' Dinner (18.30)


Thursday 15th June 2023

5. The Digital Domain and Children’s Play (9.15-10.45)

ChairDr Six Silberman (University of Oxford)


Professor Ton Liefaard and Professor Simone van der Hof (University of Leiden)

Dr Faith Gordon (Australian National University)

Professor John Potter (UCL)

  1. The Right to Play and the Right to Health(care) (11.00-12.30)

Chair: Professor Imogen Goold (University of Oxford)


Adrian Voce OBE and Dr Sandy Cabrita Gulyurtlu (Starlight Children’s Foundation)

Kelsey Graber (University of Cambridge)

Seamus Byrne (Leeds Beckett)

Lunch (12.30-13.30)

  1. New Challenges and Opportunities for the Right to Play: Climate Change, Identity, Social Security, Child Activism (13.30-15.30)

Chair: Lara Ibrahim (University of Oxford)


Dr Fiona MacDonald (Open University)

Dr Tristan Cummings (University of Cambridge)

Dr Daniel Ogunniyi (University of Hull)

Professor Aoife Daly (University College Cork)

  1. The Right to Play and the Urban Space (15.45-17.15)

ChairDr Ed Kirton-Darling (University of Bristol)


Imogen Clark and Susannah Walker (Make Space for Girls)

Alice Ferguson (Playing Out)

Professor Antonia Layard (University of Oxford)

9. Book Launch: The Right of the Child to Play: From Conception to Implementation (17.30-19.00)

Chair: Professor Jonathan Herring


Dr Naomi Lott (Author; University of Oxford)

Professor Philip Jaffé (Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child)

Professor Helen Stalford (University of Liverpool)

Chelsea Wallis (University of Oxford)

Friday 16th June 2023

10. Marginalised Groups and their Right to Play (10.15-11.45)

Chair: Dr Shreya Atrey (University of Oxford)


Dr Claire Raissan (NUI Galway)

Professor Sally Atkinson-Sheppard (University of Westminster)

Dr Louise Forde (Brunel University London)

11. Looking Ahead: Reflecting on where we are, and planning for the future (12:00-13:00)


Naomi Danquah (UNICEF UK Child Friendly Cities Initiative).



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