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Approximately 18,000 children under 12 years old are subjected to homelessness each night [1].

These children face uncertainty every day, are restricted in opportunities and have no stable or safe place to call home. Homelessness has negative impacts on both the physical and mental health of children with research showing that children experiencing homelessness have an increased likelihood of:

• Developmental delays
• Learning disabilities
• Nutritional deficits
• Behavioural issues
• Psychological conditions (e.g. depression, anxiety)
• Low self-esteem and self-confidence
• Decreased social skills
• Educational restrictions [2].

What is the Click to Play Project?
The ability to engage and participate freely in play and recreational activities is a basic right for EVERY child under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child [3]. However, children experiencing homelessness miss out on this basic human right.

The Click to Play Project aims to raise awareness of this injustice. Research shows that play is essential for children’s cognitive, physical and emotional well-being. It helps children develop language, motor and social skills, as well as increases children’s ability to cope and restores normalcy to their lives [4].

Our mission is to represent the unheard voice of homeless children and promote play opportunities for every child facing homelessness within Australia.

Help us advocate on behalf of these children and protect their right to engage and participate through play.

#socialchangeOT 

References: 
[1] Homelessness and Children. Homelessness Australia. 2017. Available at: http://www.homelessnessaustralia.org.au/sites/homelessnessaus/files/2017-07/Homelessness_and_Children.pdf Accessed October 1, 2017.
[2] Keys D. Children And Homelessness. Blackburn, Vic.: Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory; 2009:26-31.
[3] Convention on the Rights of the Child. Ohchrorg. 1990. Available at: http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/ProfessionalInterest/crc.pdf Accessed October 1, 2017.
[4] Ginsburg K. The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds. PEDIATRICS. 2007;119(1):182-191. 



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