Play Therapy

EDM (Early Day Motion) 414: tabled on 08 September 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 6 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

View the motion on the Parliament site here

Please now contact your local MP.  Ask them to sign the EDM and then contact PTUK and Helen Clark, Director the the Child Mental Health Charter Campaign  to let them know. Helen Clark can be contacted direct on helenrclark@ntlworld.com

Motion Text:

That this House recognises the importance of play therapy in helping children who are experiencing mental illness or trauma and considers that therapy to be an essential component of the covid-19 recovery programme; notes that play therapy is an internationally recognised and highly cost effective health intervention for children for whom talking therapies like counselling are not always appropriate; further notes that play is essential to every child’s social, emotional, cognitive, physical, creative and language developmental needs, assisting the learning process for all children and young people including those for whom verbal communication may be challenging; commends the role of organisations such as Play Therapy UK, Play Therapy International and the professional, highly-trained UK play therapist workforce who are currently supporting some of our most vulnerable children; and calls on the Government to acknowledge the vital role of play therapy in its covid-19 recovery programme and ensure that play therapy is one of the core services provided by the new and developing network of family hubs recently announced by the Minister for Children and Families.

MPs Who Have Signed So Far…

Dr Lisa Cameron

Scottish National Party

East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow
[Tabled the motion]

Chris Stephens

Scottish National Party

Glasgow South West
[Sponsor]

Jim Shannon

Democratic Unionist Party

Strangford
[Sponsor]

Douglas Chapman

Scottish National Party

Dunfermline and West Fife
[Sponsor]

Allan Dorans

Scottish National Party

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
[Sponsor]

Marion Fellows

Scottish National Party

Motherwell and Wishaw
[Sponsor]

Paul Girvan

Democratic Unionist Party

South Antrim
[Member]

Jonathan Edwards

Independent

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
[Member]

Andrew Gwynne

Labour

Denton and Reddish
[Member]

Caroline Lucas

Green Party

Brighton, Pavilion
[Member]

Richard Burgon

Labour

Leeds East
[Member]

Carla Lockhart

Democratic Unionist Party

Upper Bann
[Member]

Kim Johnson

Labour

Liverpool, Riverside
[Member]

Colum Eastwood

Social Democratic & Labour Party

Foyle
[Member]

Christine Jardine

Liberal Democrat

Edinburgh West
[Member]