Unicef Child Friendly Cities and Communities Project

Unicef Child Friendly Cities and Communities Project in Derry City and Strabane is a partnership between the Western Area Outcomes Group and the Derry City and Strabane District Council under the Action planning priority “Work Together to include the Voice of Children and Young People

 

 

 

As Part of this project 2 Discovery events were held on Thursday evening 6 February and Friday 7 February in the Guildhall in Derry
The morning session which presented the local context with regards to child rights and priorities for children and young people, with videos and presentation from young people on the Youth Advisory group highlighting issues affecting them.

 

33 people were in attendance at the discovery evening on the Thursday which gave some of the young people an opportunity to get used to the space and explore the feedback and materials for the discovery day before welcoming the adults. 131 adults, children and young people attended the Discovery Day and the engagement throughout the day was fantastic.

 

 

 

Friday’s event included:
– Short Videos
– Unicef Presentation on the picture of Child Rights globally, nationally and regionally
– Visioning of what a child friendly city/community would look like
– Local Presentation on trends within Derry/ Londonderry and Strabane
– Performance from ROE – (Winner of the Best Emerging Artist at the Northern Ireland Music Prize and supporting shows with Snow Patrol, Kodaline, Robbie Williams and The Coronas.)
– Working together to choose the Unicef badges

Child Friendly Cities & Communities UNICEF UK programme

Bronagh Donnelly, CYPSP Locality Planner, with the Western Area Outcomes Group, for Derry City and Strabane locality, attended the Children’s rights at 30 conference held in St Martins in the Field in London in May 2019.  This was looking at the Child Friendly Cities & Communities UNICEF UK programme that works with councils to put children’s rights into practice – which is currently being rolled out throughout the UK including Derry City and Strabane as well as Aberdeen, Barnet, Cardiff, Liverpool and Newcastle.   

UNICEF Child Friendly Cities & Communities Conference, London, 23/05/2019
Photography by Jason Bye

UNICEF Child Friendly Cities & Communities Conference, London, 23/05/2019
Photography by Jason Bye

 

The programme aims to create cities and communities in the UK where all children – whether they are living in care, using a children’s centre, or simply visiting their local library – have a meaningful say in, and truly benefit from, the local decisions, services and spaces that shape their lives.  The programme is part of Child Friendly Cities – a global UNICEF initiative launched in 1996 that reaches close to 30 million children in 40 countries.

In the UK, UNICEF provides training based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and supports councils, their partners, and children and young people, as they work together on an ambitious three-to-five-year journey towards international recognition as a UNICEF Child Friendly City or Community.

 For more information please visit: unicef.org.uk/child-friendly-cities

ABOUT THE EVENT

30 years ago the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was adopted by the UN General Assembly – setting out the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all children (under 18) everywhere are entitled to. Today, the Convention has been ratified by every country in the world except for the United States, making it the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the world.  

Children’s rights at 30: A powerful tool for cities & communities will celebrate the UNCRC turning 30, while shining a light on the enormous challenges councils in the UK continue to face as they work to protect the rights of the country’s most vulnerable children. 

During the event, keynote speakers set the scene for the day, speaking first on the significance and aspirations of the UNCRC as set out in 1989, followed by the reality of life for children and young people growing up in the UK in 2019.  

Speakers and panelists considered how children’s rights – in particular a child rights-based approach – can bring councils and their local partners together to help improve the effectiveness and legitimacy of the local decisions, services and spaces that shape children’s lives.   Bronagh was one of the panelists that spoke about Derry City & Strabane’s journey so far in bringing a child rights-based approach to life by sharing practical examples of how local authorities are putting children’s rights into practice. 

UNICEF Child Friendly Cities & Communities Conference, London, 23/05/2019
Photography by Jason Bye

This was an opportunity to showcase the work local authorities/council areas are doing to embed children’s rights in their communities and the impact this has had, as well as advocate for a whole-area approach to working with and for children and young people. They spoke about systems change – how children’s rights help us to look across cities and communities, see how services work together, and understand their impact on children and young people.  

Finally young panellists shared how children’s rights have provided them with a platform to be heard and influence change at the local and national level. The event closed with a final panel showcasing innovative and inspiring youth-led solutions to some of the country’s most pressing local challenges.  

Western Outcomes Group launch UNICEF Project at Foyle Maritime Festival!

 

 

The Western Outcomes Group in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council officially launched their joint partnership Child Friendly Communities Project with UNICEF in July 2018. The event was attended by local young people as well as the Northern Ireland Children and Young People’s Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma and the UNICEF Ambassador, Paul Clark from UTV. The launch saw the beginning of a partnership that will ensure that Derry City and Strabane becomes the first region in Northern Ireland that is a child friendly community based on the UNICEF principals. 

To read more about this project click here

 

Contact Us

For more information about the UNICEF project click here to download a copy of the UNICEF presentation or alternatively contact Bronagh Donnelly, Western Area Locality Planning Officer, WHSCT by email at bronagh.donnelly@westerntrust.hscni.net

 

Invitation: Resilience Documentary Screening in the Western Outcomes Area

 

The Western Outcomes Group would like to invite practitioners and social partners to the Resilience Documentary Screening in the West. This is an opportunity to build a wider awareness of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their impact on health and behaviour.

The screening will be followed by a group and panel discussion to explore the ACE agenda to build on the growing momentum within the committed workforce and networks supporting families across the Western Outcomes Area.

 

Click here to find out more about this event 

 

Screening Documentary Details

14 June 2018

10am-12pm

Lecture Theatre, South West Acute Hospital

(124 Irvinestown Rd, Enniskillen BT74 6DN)

 

NOTE: This is a FREE event.

 

How to Register:

Registration is essential.  Get in touch with Priscilla Magee, Fermanagh and Omagh Locality Planning Officer, WHSCT by:

Telephone: 078 80723076

Email: priscilla.magee@westerntrust.hscni.net

 

Building Resilient Communities in the Western Outcomes Area

Last month the Western Outcomes Group with partners hosted the Building Resilient Communities Conference to create an awareness of ACEs and their impact on childhood, share good practice nationally and locally and explore the mechanisms to create resilient communities in the western outcomes area.

 

A series of guest speakers supported the conference. The presentations can be accessed through the links below:

Kieran Downey, WHSCT – CYPSP Western Outcomes Group & Western LCG – click here

Nicola Doherty, WHSCT – The Very Beginning – click here

Karen Kirby, UU – The Hopeful Mind Project – click here

Ann McDuff, WHSCT – Pioneer Communities – click here

Carmel McPeake – CAWT MACE Project – click here

 

Contact Us:

For further information please contact Bronagh Donnelly, Locality Planning Officer in the Western Outcomes Area by email at bronagh.donnelly@hscni.net