The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) "Active and Safe: Injury Prevention Initiative Tier 2 (C) Playgrounds and Neighbourhood Play Spaces" project funded under the PHAC "Active and Safe" initiative addressed the safety of outdoor play spaces (including playgrounds, green spaces, urban areas such as parking lots and vacant lots, and the street) available to vulnerable children and youth in Canada, aged six to 12.
The Canadian Standards Association and Canadian Playground Safety Institute currently address playground safety, however the safety of all outdoor play spaces being used by children, specifically among vulnerable populations in Canada, was a recognized gap.
Play Spaces For Vulnerable Children and Youth: A Synthesis Of Studies presents a synthesis of the following three studies and includes an overview of overlapping findings on children’s play space preferences as well as a description of safety issues and concerns regarding children’s play spaces.
The Play Spaces Project: Key Informants’ Perspective presents the methodology and results of a play spaces key informant survey, designed to determine what is known about safety issues associated with play spaces for this population.
The Play Spaces Project: Literature Review presents the methodology and results of a literature review, designed to determine what is known about play spaces for this population.
The Play Spaces Project: Exploring Children’s Lived Experiences of Play Spaces through Participatory Photo-Mapping describes a pilot research project that employed Participatory Photo Mapping in order to gain a better understanding of children's experiences of play spaces in two low SES neighborhoods. It includes an overview of the study's main objectives, research methods and key outcomes. This is followed by an outline of potential implications of the study and suggestions and strategies for future work on children, risk, injury, and play spaces.