This research presents the findings from an exploratory programme of statistical analysis on data from the Child Taking Part Survey. The research was undertaken on behalf of DCMS, Sport England, Arts Council England and English Heritage.
The research explored factors associated with child participation in sport, arts, heritage, museums and libraries and suggested policy interventions in order to remove barriers to child participation.
To evaluate what are the most important variables associated with child participation and how the latter is connected with their parents' experiences and decisions.
A multivariable research framework was established using logistic regressions and CHAID analysis.
This research showed for the first time, using a quantitative analysis of the Taking Part Survey, a strong link between the sport participation habits of children and parents, but also a link with the habits of parents in their childhood.
It showed additionally a strong integration between sport and cultural participation among children. It helped the government agencies to target barriers in sports and cultural participation. For the first time it was shown that the tendency of males to participate more in sport and females to participate more in arts is present in young children of preschool age.