CFCI Framework

The Child Friendly Cities Initiative provides a governance framework for building child-friendly cities and communities. The framework consists of two pillars: goals and results to be achieved; and strategies to achieve these goals and results. The strategies streamline the original nine building blocks, set out in 2004.

Goals and Results

  1. Every child and young person is valued, respected and treated fairly within their communities and by local authorities.
  2. Every child and young person has their voice, needs and priorities heard and taken into account in public laws, policies, budgets, programmes and decisions that affect them.
  3. Every child and young person has access to quality essential social services (this includes healthcare, education, nutrition support, early childhood development and education, justice and family support).
  4. Every child and young person lives in a safe, secure and clean environment (this includes protection from exploitation, violence and abuse, access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene, safe and child-responsive urban design, mobility and freedom from pollution and waste).
  5. Every child and young person has opportunities to enjoy family life, play and leisure (this includes social and cultural activities, and safe places to meet their friends and play).


click on each to learn more

Some strategies to achieve these goals and results include:

Collecting Data & Monitoring Progress
Assessing the situation of children, setting objectives and monitoring and evaluating progress as well as reporting on it. Independent accountability, including with children.

Advocacy & Awareness-Raising
Advocacy and awareness-raising of child rights throughout government and society, including independent advocacy for children.

Child-Friendly Laws & Policies
Enacting child-friendly laws and policies. Assessing the impact of these on children.

City-Wide Strategic Plan
Developing a city-wide strategic action plan with clear budget allocation and accountabilities for implementation.

Budget Allocation
Ensuring children get their fair share of resources.

Child/Youth Participation
Informing and involving children and youth and respecting their views and experiences; recognizing children and youth as partners and as individual human beings, rights-holders and equal, active citizens.

Coordination & Partnerships
Cross-sectoral coordination, leadership and strategic partnerships to maximize the impact of child-friendly policies and programmes.