Leeds’ inspiration to pursue our child friendly city ambition came partly from the Child Friendly Cities work originally done by UNICEF.
UNICEF launched the International Child Friendly Cities Initiative in 1996 in support of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It encouraged cities to become more liveable places for children and young people, guaranteeing their rights to essential services, and empowering them to have their voice heard and influence decisions being made that affect them.
Leeds has taken this original UNICEF idea and used it to guide our own ambitions around being the best place to grow up. Unicef UK are now working with Leeds on a ‘rights-based’ approach to make sure children know about their rights, can access services when they need them and help to design, implement and evaluate services designed for them.