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.

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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


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


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



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


ACES: Building Resilient Communities Conference in the Western Outcomes Area


The Western Outcomes Group with partners invite you along to their Adverse Childhood Experiences Conference: Building Resilient Communities. An increasing body of international research identifies the long-term harms that can result from chronic stress during childhood. This conference will generate awareness of ACEs and their impact and share best practice from a local and international perspective.


Conference Details:

Date: 2 March 2018

Time: 9.00am – 4.30pm

Venue: Silver Birches Hotel, Omagh


Click here to download the conference flyer


How to Register:

If you would like to attend the conference please confirm your place by emailing Bronagh Donnelly, Western HSC Trust by email at by Friday 16 February 2018

Registration is essential.