In this interview with the independent researcher and writer, Tim Gill, a speaker at  the first Child in the City international seminar in Rotterdam next month, he highlights the need for cities to ensure real, practical benefits to children – not just ‘child-friendly’ processes – and how his forthcoming research aims to discover what motivates city leaders to adopt the kind of policies...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Parties for Play?

The UN (2016) has been clear – and a range of evidence confirms – that the UK government needs to commit to doing more for children’s play. This should include: protecting play space through a...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

UN links child-friendliness to environment

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s report of its General Discussion Day on children and the environment makes links between children’s freedom to play, and their ability to enjoy a healthy, sustainable environment....Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

Co-creating space to support young people’s rights

A practice-led research project to include young people in the creation of a public space in Wrexham town centre, North Wales, demonstrates their capacity to participate in the design process and to provide ideas to inform town planning. Research undertaken in Wrexham, North Wales, in response...Read more
|Comment|author: Claire Edwards

Five steps to ensure children’s rights in planning

The Scottish planning system is soon to undergo reform following an independent review. The proposals under discussion suggest an increasing recognition that children are often excluded from considerations of place. Here, Dr Jenny Wood, of Heriot Watt University,...Read more
|Comment|author: Jenny Wood

Portugal heads children’s rights index, while UK plummets

The KidsRights Index for 2017, published yesterday, has Portugal as the global frontrunner for recognising and protecting children’s rights, while the UK is among the seriously underperforming countries, falling from 11th to 156th place in just one year.   The international...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

New York ‘junk’ inspires kids to play

A new project in the heart of New York City is demonstrating that the mainly European tradition of adventure playgrounds, currently facing big challenges in the UK and elsewhere, as austerity bites, have enduring popularity wherever there are...Read more
|Comment|author: Adrian Voce

“Those who grew up whispering”

With Europe facing some of its biggest challenges since the end of the war, this VE Day (8 May) Eleni Karasavvidou reflects on the research of WW2 historians into the plight of the continent’s children orphaned...Read more
|Comment|author: Eleni Karasavvidou