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The right to play and leisure time

Playing isn’t only fun, it’s also good for you. You learn by playing, and by playing you can regain your breath from a school day. Playing is therefore important. This is why the law lays down that children have the right to play. This also applies to child refugees. Here you can read in which laws this is included. You can also read what the law states exactly. UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Tge right to play

Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that you have the right to play. This treaty includes the most important rights for children. The right to play means that each child has the right to:
  • rest and leisure time
  • playing
  • art and culture
The Netherlands has to adhere to these rules. This means that the government must ensure that there are enough spaces to play in an asylum seekers centre. The government also has to ensure that you can play sports or that you can join, for instance, a drama or music club.
The Dutch law

What the Dutch law says

The Dutch law says that:
  • There must be enough room to play in an asylum seekers centre. In each asylum seekers centre there must be a place for playing. The staff of the asylum seekers centre is allowed to decide on the space for playing. This can be a place for painting or music lessons. But this can also be a football field outside.
This is laid down in article 9 of the 2005 Rva regulation and in the Statement of Requirements of the COA. You should be able to play safely in an asylum seekers centre. The equipment in the asylum seekers centre must be safe. If, for instance, the slide is so unsafe that it is nearly broken, the COA has to do something about this. This is included in the Decree on the Safety of Fairground Rides and Games.

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