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
- Every child and young person is valued, respected and treated fairly within their communities and by local authorities.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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).
- 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).
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Some strategies to achieve these goals and results include:
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.
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.