Wales’ first Child Friendly City
Cardiff Council and Unicef UK are embarking on a three year partnership to work towards making Cardiff the first child friendly city in Wales.
The Council will work with Unicef UK to deliver a Child Rights Partners Programme in Cardiff which will embed children’s rights throughout the authority and across the city. The Council will undertake a number of steps to make Cardiff a child-friendly city including: giving young people and children the opportunity to take part in shaping developments (for example the physical design of public spaces); and consider the rights of children when developing and delivering services.
Cabinet Member for Early Years, Children and Families, Councillor Sue Lent, said:
‘We want to make Cardiff a child-friendly city because what can be more important than our children and their futures. We don’t want our children’s rights to be ignored. We want children to feel safe, to feel that they have a voice and that they will be listened to. It’s probably fair to say that in the past the rights and the views of children have been disregarded in some instances.’
Unicef’s global Child Friendly Cities initiative supports cities to put children’s needs at their heart and operates in more than 20 countries around the world.