About Us

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. 

We have a group of subject matter experts (incl. children’s professionals, university lecturers, researchers, city planners, etc.) 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. Our network of enthusiastic and dedicated writers produce articles on the following subjects:

  • Health
  • Participation
  • Mobility
  • Urban planning
  • Children’s geographies
  • Play
  • Intergenerational approaches
  • Poverty
  • Education

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 (= every two years) international conference where scientists, urban planners and local authorities are brought together to share the latest knowledge.

The foundation 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.

Child in the City Conference

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 conference is organised to enable social scientists, researchers, practitioners, politicians and city planners from all over the world to share their thoughts and develop new ideas to meet the needs of children in modern cities. Host cities have included Bruges, Stuttgart, London, Rotterdam, Florence, Zagreb and Odense. The next conference will be held in autumn 2018 in Vienna, Austria.

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.


Child in the City Project Manager – Kim de Vos by email kim.de.vos@childinthecity.org