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


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