Over the last year, the idea for creating a Child Friendly City (and community) has been initiated by a group of creative, cultural and educational organisations on behalf of many others that are regularly involved with children and young people in Bath and North East Somerset. These organisations endorse the aspiration to seek UNICEF accreditation for Bath and North East Somerset as a Child-Friendly Community.
Bath has many vibrant groups that are clearly child-friendly and meet the UNICEF criteria. Our hope is that we can then build a vision and strategy from the bottom up, alongside young people. Children would be engaged in the development of services and opportunities within their communities, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Young people would have a deeper understanding of citizenship and sense of purpose, connection and well-being that could benefit the country as a whole. A child-friendly community has the power to unite many organisations, companies and schools in a clear and creative endeavour that will benefit the whole area.
Child Friendly Community: Steering Group
Councillor Cherry Beath, Combe Down Ward, Bath and North East Somerset
Louise Betts, Director of Business, 5x5x5=creativity,
Kate Cross, Director, the egg theatre
Sue East, Headteacher, St Andrew’s Primary School Bath
Penny Hay, Director of Research, 5x5x5=creativity, Senior Lecturer in Arts Education, Bath Spa University
Ed Joseph, Member of Youth Parliament Bath and North East Somerset
Kelly Warren, Bath Young Carers
Jamie Luck, Director, Mentoring Plus
Luke Majithia, B&NES Children and Young People’s Voluntary Network
Marian McNeir, Co-Chair, Bath Area Cultural Forum
Dr Mel Macer, Research Fellow – School of Education, Bath Spa University