A child friendly city is one that promotes children’s’ rights and permits children to have more of a say in decisions that affect them. It creates inclusive places where children’s play, are healthy, protected, educated, not discriminated and enjoy a cohesive and culturally rich environment. Broadly speaking it ensures that children and their needs are central to activities of all that is being in action in the city/town/community agenda.
A child-friendly city improves lives of by realizing their rights as articulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Broadly speaking, it is a place where children:
- Are protected from exploitation, violence and abuse.
- Have a good start in life and grow up healthy and cared for.
- Have access to quality social services.
- Experience quality, inclusive and participatory education and skills development.
- Express their opinions and influence decisions that affect them.
- Participate in family, cultural, city/community and social life.
- Live in a safe secure and clean environment with access to green spaces.
- Meet friends and have places to play and enjoy themselves.
- Have a fair chance in life regardless of their ethnic origin, religion, income, gender or ability.