About IPA Scotland


The International Play Association (IPA) Scotland is a Scottish Incorporated Charitable organisation (SCIO)- Scottish charity number: SC026909.

IPA Scotland is a branch of the International Play Association (IPA), which was established in Denmark in 1961. IPA was set up to provide an international forum to promote and improve the development of play environments, leisure time facilities and programmes for children and young people in all countries thereby ensuring for all time their right to play.

IPA Scotland wants a world in which every child can exercise their right to play. IPA Scotland works to protect, preserve and promote the child’s right to play as a fundamental human right.

Values & Principles
IPA Scotland’s work, values and principles are underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which the UK government ratified in 1991, and in particular Article 31:

“States parties recognise the right of the child to rest and leisure, to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.”

Membership Organisation
IPA Scotland is a membership organisation- members receive invitations to events and training, as well as receiving copies of IPA’s PlayRights magazine. PlayRights is an international journal with experts contributing articles on play: practice, theory and experience from across the globe.

By becoming a member of IPA Scotland you are supporting children’s right to play in Scotland, as well as across the globe- you are part of an important international movement.

If you wish to become a member, please contact: ipascotland@yahoo.co.uk