Using the Convention on the Rights of the Child as a guide, Unicef works with political leaders, frontline staff, children and families to transform and strengthen local services.

The goal of the programme is to change the way councils work with and for children, creating opportunities for children and families to have a say in the delivery of services and ensuring children are surrounded by responsive, connected and empowering support.

Child Rights Partners is part of the Unicef’s global Child Friendly Cities and Communities Initiative. Launched in 1996 and active in 24 countries the Initiative supports cities and communities to put children’s needs at their heart, translating Unicef’s global mission into practical action at the local level.

Unicef UK piloted the programme for three years from 2013 to 2016 working with five local authorities. In 2017, Unicef UK is growing and developing the Child Rights Partners programme. As well as inviting new local authority partners to work with us, we are introducing an award element, giving participating authorities the opportunity to work towards international recognition as a Unicef Child Friendly City or Community.