About the conference

Kristi Seaby

‘Support the well-being of children and promote their active engage ment in the life of their communities at the 2016 Child in the City Conference!’

Kristi Seaby
Assistant Project Manager
Child in the City
T: 0031 (0) 624853620

We are dedicated to promoting the rights and well-being of children throughout Europe and beyond, by providing high quality platforms – news, blogs, interviews, papers, opinions, conferences and events – for the communities of interest working to develop good practice in the creation of genuinely child-friendly cities.

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Our network of enthusiastic and dedicated writers produce articles on the following subjects:

We have a group of subject matter experts (children’s professionals, university lecturers, researchers, city planners) from all over the world, who write for us and share knowledge, good practice and research findings from the various disciplines that are important to the shared aim of creating child-friendly cities.

The Child in the City Foundation


‘Are children getting their space and playing opportunities in cities? Child in the City is giving insight on the latest research and experiences worldwide’

Johan Haarhuis
Child in the City Foundation

The main objectives of the Child in the City Foundation is to strengthen the position of children in cities, promote and protect their rights and give them space and opportunities to play and enjoy their own social and cultural lives.

We do this by providing communications platforms for academics, practitioners and campaigners for children’s rights to disseminate research and good practice. One of the most important of these is the biennial international conference where scientists, urban planners and local authorities are brought together to share the latest knowledge.

European Network Child Friendly Cities (ENCFC)

The European network observes 5 general guidelines and encourages national and local networks to translate these into specific local policies addressing local points of focus. The general guidelines are: an holistic, integral and intergenerational approach; the importance of participation for children and young people; and dynamic trade and continuous challenge.

The Child in the City Conference


‘There is no more efficient approach to children’s rights like in the local communities and governments.’

Jan van Gils
European Network Child Friendly Cities (ENCFC)

Every two years since 2002 the Child in the City conference has been held in a different European city and attended by 300 participants. The next conference will be held in November 2016 in Ghent, Belgium.

Child in the City 2016 follows previous successful conferences in:

The themes of the conference explore: issues concerning children’s space and mobility; their right to play; matters affecting their health and wellbeing; and their participation in the processes to determine the city environment and services.

The conference is a “high-profile” event, with previous attendance by political figures such as the then Mayor of London, Ken Livingston and the Danish Royal Princess Mary.

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