In a child friendly city, children and young people are welcome, encouraged, celebrated and are equal citizens. The idea of child friendly cities comes from the United Nations convention on the rights of the child. In Leeds, we will put children and young people at the heart of everything we do.
United Nations convention on the rights of the child
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was adopted by the UN in 1989 and sets out internationally agreed minimum standards. The convention contains 54 articles which cover the main areas of children’s lives. The UK signed in 1991. The articles apply to every child under 18 without exception
What children and young people have said
During the summer of 2011 we asked thousands of children and young people how they thought Leeds could become more child friendly. Their top ideas are now known as our “12 wishes”. You can view all of these on our 12 Wishes document available from the downloads section below.
We’re asking everyone to join us to make Leeds a child friendly city. There are many ways you can get involved, from becoming a foster carer, volunteering as a community governor at your local school, to involving the children and young people you care for in decision making. If you are a child or young person you could become one of our child friendly Leeds young advisors. We want everybody in the city to get involved - please use the ‘contact us’ tab to get in touch.