pageimg16This 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.

Developing a situation analysis

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.

Download examples of questionnaires:

    • Abbotsford Survey–Canada- This survey is one of the methods that the city of Abbotsford is using to receive feedback on the current state of the City’s child and youth friendliness.
    • Quiz “Ville amie des enfants” – France – used to get a snapshot of the children’s situation and availability of services at any moment in time
    • Scoreboard “Ville amie des enfants” (French versionEnglish version) for a more thorough assessment, including self-assessment by cities and towns in France
    • Questionnaire Ciudades amigas de la Infancia” (in Spanish) – completed at the beginning when cities apply to become “child friendly”
    • Questionnaire Child Friendly Cities” – Switzerland (French, German and Italian) – for an initial assessment of services for children.

Developing a city’s plan of action/strategy for children

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:

    • context
    • general and specific objectives
    • actions described per objective
    • stakeholders responsible for each set of actions
    • target groups
    • indicators to monitor implementation
    • budget


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.

Other manuals and toolkits

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.