UNICEF Child Friendly City

Child Friendly Cities and Communities (CFC) is a Unicef UK programme that works with councils to put children's rights into action and at Newcastle City Council are one of the first four local authorities in the UK to join forces with Unicef to become a Child Friendly City. We are currently working with partners to develop six badges that we will develop over the next three years. Each badge represents progress in a specific area of work and the successful completion of each badge will mark progress toward recognition as a UNICEF Child Friendly City.

The badges we are working towards are:

  • Communication
  • Co-operation and Leadership
  • Culture
  • Healthy
  • Equal and Included
  • Safe and Secure

Action Planning - September 2019 Action Plan


We hosted an action planning day at Newcastle United Football Club at St James' Park where around 30 students attended with their teachers from Heaton Manor School, Hotspur Primary School, Walbottle Campus and Skills 4 All to help us develop our action plans. 

Following this we wrote action plans around the outcomes and actions that received the most votes. This plan is now in place and we will begin to deliver the plan. 

Discovery Phase - October 2017 Launch

The discovery phase was launched in October 2017 and ran until June 2018 where we engaged with over 150 children and young people. We attended events across the city to talk to young people about our badges and what they thought should be included in our action plans. You can read more about the discovery launch here. 

Read the UNICEF Child Friendly City and Communities February 2019 leaflet here.

Read Newcastle's draft action plan 2019 here. 

Read  the February 2019 Update Report here. 

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