Resources

Child Friendly Cities and Communities Handbook

UNICEF Child Friendly Cities and Communities Handbook

This Handbook provides guidance on how to establish a CFCI to help cities do better for children within their jurisdictions. It introduces a global framework and step-by-step guidance on establishing a CFCI to professionalize and streamline the initiative globally, while leaving adequate room for adaptation to local contexts, structures, priorities and needs. It emphasizes the importance of measuring and demonstrating the change that the CFCI brings to the lives of children and youth.

FRENCH: Manuel de l’UNICEF sur les villes et communautés amies des enfants
SPANISH: Manuel de l’UNICEF para las Comunidades y Ciudades Amigas de la Infancia
CHINESE: Child Friendly Cities and Communities Handbook
FARSI: کتابچه راهنمای شهرها و اجتماعات محلی دوستدار کودک

FOR EVERY CHILD, A CHILD-FRIENDLY CITY | All children have the right to grow up in an environment where they feel safe and secure, they have access to basic services and clean air and water, they can play, learn and grown, and their voice is heard and matters. | UNICEF's Child Friendly Cities Initiative supports cities and communities in making this right a reality, for every child.

Child Friendly Cities Initiative brochure

This short communications brochure provides an overview of what the Child Friendly Cities Initiative is, outlines the process towards the recognition and includes some examples of how the initiative is implemented around the world.

  • Session 11: Playful Learning

    Playful Learning Master Deck

  • Session 15: Child friendly cities in a changing climate

    Children Climate Change and Pollution Challenges and Solutions

    Video: Shoulders Deep

  • Session 20: Child rights-based approach to public services

    A Child Rights Based Approach to Public Services

  • Building a CFC: Assessment

    Ideas for Developing A Situation Analysis

    Child Friendly Cities Governance Checklist

    CFC Assessment Database Tool

    Self-Assessment Tool For Adolescents

    Self-Assessment Tool for Children

    Self-Assessment Tool for Community Service Providers and Child Advocates

    Self-Assessment Tool for Pre-school Parents

    Self-Assessment Tool For Primary School Parents

    Self-Assessment Tool for Secondary School Parents

    Place Standard Tool to Assess Places

    Measuring and Monitoring Child Wellbeing and Inequality at the Local Level Replication Manual

    Manual de réplica: Monitoreo local de bienestar e inequidades en la infancia (Spanish)

    Belarus – CFCI Assessment Final Report

    Belarus – Methodology for Calculating the CFC Index

    Belize – Belize City Municipal Profile Report

    Brazil – Municipal Seal of Approval Methodology Guide 2013 – 2016

    Brazil – PCU Indicators (Portuguese)

    Brazil – PCU Indicators 2017-2020 (English)

    Brazil – Municipal Seal of Approval Social Impact Indicators and Systems Results

    Canada – Dossier de candidature MAE allégé Quebec

    Colombia – Proposed Indicators

    France – Dashboard Questionnaire (French)

    France – Application File (French)

    Kazakhstan – CFCI Indicators – “Child Friendly Cities” Report

    Mongolia – Indicators Measuring Results Framework

    Mongolia – Local Governance Key Results

    Council of Europe Child Participation Assessment Tool

    Child-friendly Community Indicators – a Literature Review 2008

    UK Government Impact Assessment Toolkit 2011

    A qualitative GIS approach to mapping urban neighborhoods with children 2010

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  • Documents By Topic: Nutrition/Food

    EAT UNICEF Urban Food Environments Brief

  • Documents By Topic: Participation

    Child Friendly Cities Initiative: Child and Youth Participation – Options for Action

    UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – Child Friendly Language 

    Child Rights Toolkit: Child Participation (EU/UNICEF)

    Child Participation in Local Governance UNICEF Country Office Case Studies 

    Child Participation in Local Governance UNICEF Guidance Note

    Council of Europe Child Participation Assessment Tool

    Lansdown, G (2011) Every Child’s Right to be Heard Resource Guide

    Child Friendly Community Self-Assessment Tool For Adolescents

    Child Friendly Community Self-Assessment Tool for Children

    Child Friendly Community Self-Assessment Tool for Community Service Providers and Child Advocates

    Child Friendly Community Self-Assessment Tool for Pre-school Parents

    Child Friendly community Self-Assessment Tool For Primary School Parents

    Child Friendly Community Self-Assessment Tool for Secondary School Parents

    So You Want to Consult with Children? A Toolkit of Good Practice (Save the Children, 2004)

    Take us Seriously: Engaging Children with Disabilities in Decisions Affecting their Lives (UNICEF)

    Hearing Young Children’s Voices (CEIEC)

    Child Participation Assessment Tool (COE, 2016)

    Child Rights Toolkit: Child Rights in Governance (EU/UNICEF)

    Child Rights Toolkit: Child Rights in Programming and Sector Policies (EU/UNICEF)

    Brazil – PCU Adolescent Participation (Portuguese)

    Brazil PCU Social Participation Guide (Portuguese)

    City of Edmonton Involving Young People Guide

    Scottish Golden Rules for Participation for Children and Youth

    Climate Change – Take Action Now – Guide to support children’s actions (AYCEO)

    Wridt, P (2010) A Qualitative GIS Approach to Mapping Urban Neighborhoods with Children

    Zimbabwe Child Friendly National Budget Initiative: Facilitator’s Manual

    UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – Child Friendly Language [PDF]

    U-Report

    Self-Assessment Tool For Adolescents [PDF]

    Self-Assessment Tool for Children [PDF]

    Child Participation in Local Governance UNICEF Country Office Case Studies [PDF]

    Child Participation in Local Governance UNICEF Guidance Note [PDF]

    City of Edmonton Involving Young People Guide [PDF]

    Brazil – PCU Adolescent Participation (Portuguese) [PDF]

    Zimbabwe Child Friendly National Budget Initiative: Facilitator’s Manual [PDF]

    Tip Sheets for Adults, Adolescents and Youth on Adolescent and Youth Participation in Different Settings

    ENGAGED AND HEARD! Guidelines on Adolescent Participation and Civic Engagement