- BUILDING A CFC
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This section contains materials collected from different countries, cities, communities and organisations to support practitioners and cities’ administrations, as well interested organisations, communities and individuals, in the process of building, strengthening and assessing child friendly cities and communities.
One of the nine building blocks of a child friendly city is the development of a situation analysis to ensure regular monitoring and assessment of children’s conditions as well as of the city’s capacity to respond to children’s needs. The situation analysis can be produced at the beginning of a “child friendly” process to identify gaps and issues to address; nevertheless, it may also be initiated during or at the end of the process for monitoring and assessment purposes.
Indicators developed for certification and award mechanisms of CFC facilitate the elaboration of a situation analysis by providing a snapshot of children’s life in the city or town. Questionnaires and other assessment tools, produced within award mechanisms, are also useful in guiding the process of developing a situation analysis.
The collection of quantitative disaggregated data through official or public sources is essential but qualitative data should be complementary. The latter may collected through participatory approaches such as focus groups and community fora, which also favour the approval of the analysis and contribute to the strengthening of democratic participation.
Questionnaires and quizzes may be used to: a) develop a situation analysis of children’s living conditions and the services available to them in the city/town/community; b) get a snapshot of the situation of children and progress made in a city, town or community at any moment of the “child friendly process”; c) monitor and evaluate performance of a CFC by the city/community itself or by an external committee/jury in the case of a certification system.
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One of the nine building blocks of a child friendly city is the development of a city’s action plan or strategy. A children’s strategy or a plan of action should define specific goals and targets and identify actions needed to fulfil children’s rights in a specific timeframe. A strategy may be less specific and less concrete than an action plan, as it may simply describe orientations and objectives for the future.
Key components to consider for an action plan should include:
The development of an action plan/strategy should be a participatory exercise involving individuals and institutions from a wide range of sectors as well as citizens, including children.
CFC promoters have developed different types of manuals and guidebooks to support practitioners and municipalities in the process of becoming child friendly. These range from programme descriptions and regulations to participate in a CFC award, to toolkits to build and strengthen a CFC, guidebooks to encourage child participation as well as tools for the assessment and monitoring of a CFC. A selection of resources is provided below.