We work in partnership with local authorities in the UK to help create child friendly cities and communities – places where all children feel safe, heard and nurtured.
We are currently working with the following councils:
Aberdeen City Council hopes that every child and young person living in Aberdeen enjoys being young and at the same time feels safe, nurtured, healthy, active, included, respected and responsible. The Council aims to achieve this by coming together as colleagues, parents and carers to make sure every child and young person achieves their full potential and is supported to participate in decisions that affect them.
Participating in this programme will enable the council to improve involvement of children and young people in their learning, communities and schools. It will also help Aberdeen to embed knowledge and understanding of the Convention in services and the wider community, and ensure that young people are part of a rigorous approach to self-evaluation.
The London Borough of Barnet has an ambition to be the most ‘Family Friendly’ borough in London by 2020, and wants the children, young people and families that reside there to be safe, healthy, resilient, knowledgeable, responsible, informed and listened to.
We believe that by adopting a child rights-based approach and striving to ensure children know and understand their rights we will achieve our objective.
Participating in the programme will allow the Council and its partners to embed a child rights-based approach within service design, delivery and evaluation, ultimately ensuring that the services delivered within the borough recognise children’s rights at every level.
Cardiff City Council believe that every child and young person in the city has the right to grow up healthy, happy and safe. They believe that they have the right to live in a city that enables them to be the very best they can be. Cardiff City Council feel that adults, the local authority itself and their partners all have a responsibility to protect children’s rights and promote the well-being of children and young people.
Cardiff’s participation in the Child Friendly Cities & Communities programme has been designed to help the city and its partners take account of the economic, social, cultural and civil circumstances specific to children and to help public services adopt a child rights-based approach to planning and delivering the right support.
Derry City & Strabane District Council, The Western Health and Social Care Trust, and partners within the Western Area Outcomes Group (Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership) are committed to ‘Giving our Children the Best Start in Life’.
Working towards recognition as a Child Friendly Community is in keeping with the objectives of our Inclusive Strategic Growth Plan which outlines our commitment to create neighbourhoods, communities and cities where children and young people are treated with dignity and have a say in the decision-making process about issues that affect them. Working with Unicef UK will give us an agreed framework that ensures the rights of all children are respected and form part of our everyday practice.
Newcastle City Council is committed to encouraging and supporting all children to achieve their potential.
In order to do this the Council believes that children, and particularly vulnerable groups of children, need to be aware of and understand their rights. In doing so the Council hopes to ensure they are able to access everything they are entitled to and that they will have the capacity to access and influence any service they need.
Participating in the Child Friendly Cities & Communities programme supports the Council in achieving this aim for the most vulnerable children and young people living in the city.