The road to recognition
The journey a city or community takes through the programme is shaped and led by the local council working collaboratively with the wider community, including children, young people and local partners with support from Unicef.
Achieving ‘Child Friendly’ status will depend on the authority’s progress and development in key areas such as political commitment to children’s rights, workforce knowledge and understanding of children’s rights, meaningful participation and equal access to services.
These key areas are identified by the city or community at the outset of the journey and in line with local needs and context. Progress is assessed through a mixture of self-evaluation, child-led evaluation and by an independent panel of experts in human rights, child well-being and public services.
The journey towards recognition as a Child Friendly City or Community.