Child Rights Partners is a partnership between Unicef UK and a small number of local authorities across the UK including Derry & Strabane, Glasgow, Leeds, Newcastle and Tower Hamlets. Over a period of three years, we are working with our partners to transform services for the most vulnerable children using a child rights-based approach.
The local authorities we have partnered with experience some of the highest levels of child poverty and social deprivation in the UK. As a starting point, each Unicef UK local authority partner is piloting the application of a child rights-based approach in a specific area of work, such as children's social care, early years or children's commissioning.
While we work differently with each partner, tailoring support to the local need and context, our overarching model is the same: our aim is to embed the principles of a child rights-based approach in local authority planning, policy and practice.
"This partnership with Unicef UK provides us with a challenging but vital opportunity to place children at the centre of our work." Glasgow City Council
Our local authorities partners
Derry & Strabane
Derry & Strabane is looking at embedding children's rights in their new community plan and ensure children and young people are involved in developing the council's new plan. Read their blog about putting rights at the heart of their community plan.
Glasgow, in Scotland, is developing a rights-based approach to services for care experienced young people, with a specific focus on those who are parents or expecting a baby. Glasgow is also using our child rights principles to change the planning and delivery of early years services (pre-school education). Read more about Glasgow's early years work and find out why Glasgow made child rights training mandatory for all its elected members.
Leeds, in England, aims to use a child rights-based approach to improve the experience of young people who are preparing to or are leaving care, with a particular focus on the support provided to young people as they move to independence. Watch a video from 21-year Sam who talks about his experience of managing independence after leaving care.
Newcastle, in North East England, is looking at applying a rights-based approach in their children’s social care services. Find out how Newcastle listens to its children and young people and what young people have to say about their right to be heard.
Tower Hamlets, in inner London, is embedding child rights principles in the way it commissions services for children and young people. The council started with the commissioning of services for young people affected by drug and alcohol misuse. Read about the launch of Tower Hamlets' child rights charter.
Other local authorities across the UK
During the pilot phase (2013-2016), we are working with a select number of local authorities across the UK. Our long term ambition is to create models that can be replicated across other local authorities in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. We welcome enquiries from other local authorities and partners interested in future collaboration.
If you want to speak to your council about public services, follow the links to your local authority in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.