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The London Children’s Rights Commissioner
The London Children’s Rights Commissioner was set up in March 2000. It is working with the Greater London Authority to develop London’s first Children’s Strategy, as well as developing London as a child-friendly city. The strategy will apply to everyone aged 0-17 years in London, and be based on improving children’s rights as they are described in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Children and young people will be involved in the development of the Children’s Strategy. The group also includes representatives from the Mayor’s office and the London Assembly, social services, education, health, Local Government, London First, researchers, the London Children’s Rights Commissioner and members of its children’s Advisory Board. The London Children’s Rights Commissioner is a project of CRAE (Children’s Rights Alliance for England), and is funded by the Community Fund with grants from Save the Children (UK), the NSPCC, The Children’s Society, The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Bridge House Estates Trust Fund.
The current London Children’s Rights Commissioner projects are:
Sort It Out! – Is a child-friendly report about young Londoners ideas for improving their city. It includes the views of 3,000 London children on issues ranging from children’s rights, racism and homelessness to litter and the London Mayor.
The State of London’s Children report brings together everything about being a child in London, drawing on research, statistics, government initiatives and children’s own views about their city. The Big Meeting! – A Big Meeting for children and young people in London was held on 30th May 2001 at the Ministry of Sound. 400 children and young people came from all over London. The Mayor’s Children’s Strategy for London – The London Children’s Rights Commissioner has been commissioned by the Greater London Authority to develop London’s first Children’s Strategy.
The London Children’s Strategy Group – This group of over 100 children’s organisations and projects is working together to promote children’s rights and interests in London. Members have a commitment to children’s rights and participation, and a focus on London children.
Office of the Children’s Rights Commissioner for London
94 White Lion Street London
London N1 9PF
Telephone (+44) 20 7278 4390
Fax (+44) 20 7278 6046
Playlink is a national charity that works with local communities to support provision of high quality opportunities for children’s play that are stimulating, inclusive, and fun. Playlink supports local play service providers across the country, promoting and disseminating the values and playwork practice learnt in the free play environment of adventure playgrounds. Its work includes advice and information, services and publications and lobbying and advice to the government. Key services Playlink provides include: Consultancy to voluntary and statutory sector organizations to develop play policy and strategy; organizations reviews; responding to Government consultations. Conferences, Seminars, Workshops and Training including risk assessment as a tool for quality free-play service development. A range of play focused workshops including health and safety, organizational review, policy and strategy development that provide the opportunity to learn from a range of free-play good practice. Publications on good practice, practical guidance, conference papers, discussion papers and reports to assist play providers.
11 Mowll Street
London SW9 6BG
Telephone (+44) 0207 8203800
Fax (+44) 0207 5870790
“Participatory Budgeting Unit”
The “Participatory Budgeting (PB) Unit” is a project of the UK charity “Church Action on Poverty”. The aim of the project is to allow for disadvantaged people to assert their voice about the allocation of public financial resources available to the local authorities in the areas where they live. In practice, PB provides citizens with information that enables them to elaborate proposals and define budgets for new services and projects useful to their communities. The PB approach requires a number of steps: 1) definition of a geographically defined area (a local authority, a decentralized district of a local authority, a defined neighborhood) as a context to become operational; 2)organization, in each geographical unit, of regularly scheduled meetings and debates to inform citizens about the PB project😉organization and management of an annual cycle of activities, closely following the local budgeting cycle, involving citizens in the specification, budgeting and monitoring of the most pressing local needs. The charity launched the first PB project in Brazil in the 1980s; now it is supporting hundreds of towns and cities in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe, adapting its BP model to every different local political and social context.
For more information: http://www.participatorybudgeting.org.uk/
Child Friendly Communities Programme
In 2009 the UNICEF NatCom launched the Child Friendly Communities Programme, with the aim to implement and mainstream children’s rights in the agenda of local authorities and therefore to improve child wellbeing. The key activities of the initiative are: development of local plans of action including children’s rights; creation and strengthening of child participation; establishment of monitoring mechanisms on children’s rights (databases, situation analysis, etc.); improvement of overall awareness on children’s rights; capacity building and strengthening of institutions, civil society and NGOs. A Child Friendly Communities Advisory Committee, formed by relevant partner agencies, will work with UNICEF in the development of the Programme and ensure that the Child Friendly Communities initiative complements and does not duplicate existing national efforts and programmes. Members of the Committee will also include 6 adolescents who will focus on advising vis-à-vis the involvement of children in the initiative. 12 communities from a diverse range of areas will be involved in the pilot phase of the project (March 2010 – March 2011) and are now developing Partnership Action Plans with UNICEF. A Memorandum of Understanding will be signed by UNICEF and the pilot local authorities, marking mutual commitment to work together during the pilot phase. A set of tools and training has been developed. The success of the pilot phase will lead to a national rollout of the initiative.
Ed Beaumont, Information & Communications Officer
Telephone: 020 7375 6194