Major International Conference on Child-Friendly Cities Arrives in Bristol: Child Friendly Conference

20 Nov 2019

Children and Young People

Major International Conference on Child-Friendly Cities Arrives in Bristol

Bristol will host a new international conference on children’s rights and well-being next week.

The ‘Towards the Child-Friendly City’ event is hosted by the Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, at City Hall from 27-29 November, the first independent conference curated by the European Network for Child Friendly Cities.

The conference will highlight the latest research, policy initiatives and practice innovations from a range of sectors impacting on children in the urban environment, and will also feature more than 60 workshops and presentations on a variety of themes including urban toys and playful streets.

With a commitment to street play, adventure playgrounds and a child-friendly culture, Bristol the ideal city to host a conference dedicated to advancing children’s rights in the built environment.

Today is (20 November) the United Nations Universal Children’s Day and Mayor Marvin Rees said the conference will be a perfect fit for Bristol which is a city with the aims and aspirations of children and young people at its heart.

He said: “Bristol is dedicated to ensuring that every child has the best possible future, regardless of where they live, how much their parents earn, their cultural heritage or their complex needs.

“The Towards a Child-Friendly City conference puts children centre stage in our built and urban environments which is exactly where they should be.

“This is an important conference about what kind of sustainable future we want for our children and our communities, and an opportunity to aspire to something higher for this generation and the next.”

The Bristol Children’s Charter was launched in 2018. The Charter now has over 100 signatories, including Bristol City Council, sets out resources and services that every child in the city should have access to.

Councillor Helen Godwin, Cabinet Member for Women, Children and Young People will open the event.

This three-day international conference is aimed that those engaged in research, policy and practice in the built environment sectors and for those who champion the rights of children and young people in shared public spaces.

Eddie Nuttall, a Coordinator for the Felix Road Adventure Playground Association, a contributing organisation at the conference said: “This event is a wonderful opportunity for the city of Bristol.

“We are a city with great examples of innovative practices in relation to children, and welcoming international experts and advocates to share practice with us here can help us to shape our city so that all children can have a future in the civic space for generations to come.”

There will also be a Bristol focussed session on the Bristol Children’s Charter and the city’s longer-term plans to become a more child-friendly, featuring a special message from the children of Bristol and co-hosted by Cllr Godwin

A session will also be held to mark the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child with a call for the UK government to adopt it into law.

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