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


Young People's Union

“We want all children and young people to feel welcome in the City?”

We are now in the delivery stage of our fantastic Child Friendly City action plan.  To ensure children and young people continue to influence the City of the future we now have a young people’s steering group called Young People’s Union.  The group meet every two weeks to debate children’s rights.  The group has been created by young people for young people.  Dates for our next meeting.

The Young People’s Union works closely with locally elected youth leaders from Newcastle Youth Democracy Group to make sure young peoples views and opinions are taken seriously.  Unlike the Youth Democracy Group, you don’t need to be elected to become a member of the Young People’s Union.  The group is open to anyone is aged between 11 -18 years who lives or goes to school or college in Newcastle. The Young People Union is a free, open group and snacks are provided.  

What are we doing?

Read our first young people's newsletter

  • Currently we are focusing working with people from Public Health to try and influence decisions made about where alcohol is sold and advertised across the City and in our communities.
  • The young people have created a Childrens Survey asking children and young people what they understand about participation or decision making has been created.  It would be great if you could give us your views
  • We want our City to be safe and equal place to live so we are working with Northumbria police, the Council and businesses to make sure we all have the same opportunity to be involved.  Do you want to get involved?  Youth Leader Tessy said “Our meetings are fun, interactive and we make decisions about important issues for young people who live in the City”.

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 our Young People's Union newsletter.  Written by young people from across the City.

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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