Southampton aims for Child-Friendly City status

The consolation calls for children, young people, and those who care for them to put their opinions forward. Credit: Southampton City Council

SOUTHAMPTON City council has asked for feedback from local young people in its aims for UNICEF’s Child-Friendly City initiative.

The council has asked this after releasing its Children and Young People’s Strategy, needing comment on topics including early years education and mental and physical health.

A child-friendly city (CFC) is a commitment to improving the lives of children by realizing their rights as articulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child according to UNICEF which has listed the requirements a city must make to be accredited as a CFC:

  • protected from exploitation, violence, and abuse.
  • Have a good start in life and grow up healthy and cared for
  • Have access to quality social services.
  • Experience quality, inclusive and participatory education, and skills development
  • Express their opinions and influence decisions that affect them
  • Participate in a family, cultural, city/community, and social life
  • Live in a safe secure and clean environment with access to green spaces
  • Meet friends and have places to play and enjoy themselves
  • Have a fair chance in life regardless of their ethnic origin, religion, income, gender, or ability

Southampton has been aiming to become a Child-Friendly City since 2018, launching this ambition as part of its Year of the Child 2020, which was limited by the impact of the pandemic.

The consultation for feedback is open until Sunday 12 December.

By Hannah De Boltz (@hannah_boltz)