Child and youth friendly communities value, support, respect, provide for, and actively include children and young people. They consider the voices, needs, priorities and rights of children in the development of public policies, programmes and decisions. UNICEF's framework for action describes a Child Friendly City as a local system of good governance committed to fulfilling children’s rights.
Child and Youth Friendly City Forum 2012
Moving towards South Australia as a Child and Youth Friendly State
How to guides
Resources information sheet (PDF 64KB) - Websites and documents on child and youth friendly cities and communities.
Small children, big cities, Early Childhood Matters Magazine, November 2014 - explores issues ranging from playground design to the effects of noise and crowding, 'public parenting', and ways to get children's voices heard in urban design decisions.
Australian child friendly initiatives
The City of Bendigo is the first city in Australia to be recognised by UNICEF as a Child Friendly City.