Child Poverty in Western Cities: learning from global approaches

Learning from global experiences will be central to the debate around child poverty when Leeds hosts next week’s Child Poverty in Western Cities seminar.

Practitioners, advocates, academics and policymakers concerned with helping create child-friendly cities across the globe will share the latest developments on poverty in the west’s cities and urban environments.

‘Particular approaches to child poverty’

Spain, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and India are just some of the countries’ whose experiences of taking particular approaches to child poverty in specific areas and regions will be highlighted. Local, national and international projects that will be showcased include:

  • Poverty and Restorative Practice: Putting the needs of children, young people and families at the centre of anti-poverty work in Leeds. Gill Main, Associate Professor in Childhood Studies in the School of Education, University of Leeds.

  • Poverty, child abuse and neglect: Time for a new story. Brid Featherstone, Professor of Social Work at the University of Huddersfield.

  • Child-friendly Leeds. Andy Lloyd, Head of Children’s Workforce Development in Leeds Children’s Services & Sue Rumbold, Chief Officer in Leeds Children’s Services

  • High five Hoogeveen. Johanna Sellis, Senior Policy Advisor Strategy, Policy and Projects Municipality of Hoogeveen & Gert Vos, Alderman Municipality of Hoogeveen.

  • Public Space Play Masterplan 2020-2030 in Barcelona City: the importance of a context-specific deployment in the poorer areas. Laia Pineda, Director of the Childhood and Adolescence Institute of Barcelona.

A series of parallel sessions will also examine five key sub-themes: Child poverty and children’s agency; child poverty and educational environments; child poverty: Urban segregation and marginalisation; addressing child poverty in interdisciplinary ways; and child poverty: lessons from two cities Dortmund and Madrid.

‘Parallel sessions will also examine key sub-themes’

Child Poverty in Western Cities – part of the wider Child in the City World Conference series – is being held at the Met Hotel Leeds from 21-22 November.

Visit the dedicated event website for the full programme, details of speakers, and details of how to book your place. You can also email Marieke Bouman, Event Manager, at 

Author: Simon Weedy

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