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Australia appeared last month before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva for a five-year assessment of the government’s progress in protecting the rights of children.  The hearing included submissions from the Australian government, the Australian Human Rights Commission and civil society organisations on everything from youth justice issues to children’s health and well-being, writes Faith Gordon,...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy

A bright new future for Child in the City Foundation

The non-profit Child in the City Foundation, which works for the well-being of children globally, is looking to the future with a streamlined new structure. Since 2002 this Netherlands-based foundation has been successfully organising bi-annual conferences...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy

Filmmaker documents youngsters’ city lives

The lives of toddlers in two contrasting cities on opposite sides of the world are chronicled in videos from the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF), which works to improve disadvantaged children’s lives. Five short films highlight...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy

Scotland makes smacking children a crime

Scotland has become the first country in the UK to make it a criminal offence for parents to smack their children. Parents and carers are currently allowed to use ‘reasonable’, physical force to discipline children, but...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy

The rise of Germany’s ‘play streets’

Can play streets help address the problem of dwindling playgrounds in German cities? That’s the hope of planners who want to make the urban landscape truly child-friendly People are moving to the cities but this has...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy

So much more than just a skatepark

It’s the first ever skatepark built in Syria but, if you ask the kids, it might just be the most important skatepark in the world. After living through years of conflict, children in the Syrian city...Read more
|Comment|author: Simon Weedy