Working with the youth of Vienna

The host city for the next Child in the City conference, Vienna has a children and youth service that aims to match the best in the world. Here, Bettina Schwarzmayr, of WienXtra, describes its distinctive qualities... Read more
16.01.17 | Comment | author: Adrian Voce

Building the asthma-friendly school garden

For the many children who have asthma, the typical schoolyard is not a friendly place. Most school gardens have pollen-producing male clonal shrubs, trees and many other plants that can provoke asthma attacks. Here, Peter... Read more
16.01.17 | Comment | author: Peter Prakke

Parents anxious about neighbourhoods restrict children’s outdoor play, finds new study

A study conducted by LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health has been greeted in the US as the country’s first serious research to find that parents who are concerned about the safety and... Read more
13.01.17 | Comment | author: Adrian Voce

Why are Dutch children the world’s happiest?

Following UNICEF’s (2013) report of children’s wellbeing indicators for the world’s richest nations placed the Netherlands at the top of the list, a new book by two immigrant mothers explores what it is about growing... Read more
12.01.17 | Comment | author: Adrian Voce

Young people focus their lens on climate change

In this second part of her article about youth campaigning for climate action, Victoria Derr looks at the key role of film-making arts in both empowering young people and providing an effective medium for their... Read more
12.01.17 | Comment | author: Victoria Derr

Rights made accessible for all children in Wales

The children’s commissioner for Wales has launched a new resource to enable children of all ages and abilities to understand their rights. The Welsh Campaign News reporter Carys Thomas reports. A new resource, launched by children’s... Read more
11.01.17 | Comment | author: Adrian Voce

Muslim girls must attend mixed swimming lessons, says ECHR

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Swiss authorities did not violate the right to freedom of religion in rejecting parents’ request for their children’s exemption from mixed-sex swimming lessons. The Guardian’s Jennifer Rankin reports... Read more
11.01.17 | Comment | author: Adrian Voce

‘Bonfire of children’s rights’ opposed by UK campaign groups

A Bill described as “a bonfire of child protection rights”, which would let local authorities opt out of key legal duties to children, was being debated by the UK Parliament on Tuesday, 10th January. This BBC... Read more
10.01.17 | Comment | author: Adrian Voce

Eurochild report highlights child poverty

The EU’s economic policy framework continues to miss the opportunity to tackle child poverty, which affects more than one child in four in the EU, according to the latest report from Eurochild. Eurochild’s latest yearly report on the... Read more
10.01.17 | Comment | author: Adrian Voce

Young people in the vanguard for climate action

Young people acutely concerned that their future is jeopardised by climate change are, in some states of the US, leading the campaign for more action on combatting this global threat. In this first part of... Read more
09.01.17 | Comment | author: Victoria Derr

Children and the city: how industrialisation shaped modern childhood

In this first part of a two-part essay, the Greek writer and academic Eleni Kapa-Karasavidou reflects on how the industrial revolution both created the conditions of children in towns and cities, and also shaped our... Read more
09.01.17 | Comment | author: Eleni Karasavvidou

Child Friendly Places: improving communities for and with children

Resources that can be used by young children, and by adults with low literacy levels, are vital if the child-friendly city movement is to reach those communities that need it most. Here, Sruthi Atmakur-Javdekar of... Read more
06.01.17 | Comment | author: Sruthi Atmakur Javdkar

Finding space for children in Istanbul’s new urban landscapes

Istanbul’s children are being crowded out by the rapid transformation of the city’s public realm. Bahar Aksel, Assistant Professor at the Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts in Turkey makes the case for a fresh... Read more
05.01.17 | Comment | author: Adrian Voce

UK campaign announces 4-day ‘Festival of Childhood’

The UK campaigning group, the Save Childhood Movement has announced a four-day ‘International Festival of Childhood’, which it describes as ‘the first of its kind in the world’.  The Festival, taking place on 9th June – 2nd... Read more
05.01.17 | Comment | author: Adrian Voce

Why do German children have more freedom to play?

A comparative study of outdoor play in Germany and the UK has found striking differences in the levels of freedom to play allowed to children in the different countries. It concludes that more extensive research... Read more
04.01.17 | Comment | author: Adrian Voce

UK experts call for government action on children’s screen time

A group of leading authors, educationalists and child-development experts in the UK has called on the government to establish official guidelines on children’s screen time, and for society as a whole to give children more... Read more
04.01.17 | Comment | author: Adrian Voce

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Lab van Troje, a local non-profit organization in Ghent, Belgium is preparing a fourth generation of ‘Living Streets’: an experimental project that invites citizens to conceive and implement more sustainable and livable solutions for the... Read more