Bristol to host international child-friendly city conference in November 2019

7 May

Bristol City Hall, venue for the conference.

The European Network for Child Friendly Cities has announced a new international conference, to be hosted by the English city of Bristol in November 2019.

Towards the Child Friendly City: children’s rights in the built environment, a three-day conference, will be held at Bristol City Hall and other locations in the city on 27-29 November.

The event will bring together academics, policymakers and practitioners from the range of sectors that shape public space and infrastructure, with advocates and activists working to promote children’s rights in their neighbourhoods, towns and cities.

The European Network, which curated the biennial Child in the City conferences until 2017, is working with Bristol City Council and a range of other partners to create an event that brings together the best of the international child-friendly city movement, hosted by a city committed to its aims. Specific themes for the conference will be announced soon, together with keynote speakers and a call for papers.

“Children and young people are taking centre stage in the urgent movement for more sustainable living; this conference is a chance for the built environment sectors – public and private – to show how they are responding”. 

Adrian Voce, current President of the European Network for Child Friendly Cities said:

“Children and young people are taking centre stage in the urgent movement for more sustainable living; this conference is a chance for the built environment sectors – public and private – to show how they are responding. It will be the first in our new series of independent events, fully controlled by the advocacy network itself, and aimed at raising the rights of children and young people on the policy agenda for towns and cities everywhere.

“We are really excited to be staging the event in Bristol, the home of some extraordinary child-friendly initiatives and environments. Children and young people are taking centre stage in the urgent movement for more sustainable living; this conference is a chance for the built environment sectors – public and private – to show how they are responding”.

Bristol, home of the modern street play movement. Photo: Playing Out CIC

Chair of the network’s scientific committee, the Swedish academic Dr Maria Nordström said:

“The role of children and young people in the lives of their communities, and how the built environment responds to them, has never been more important. That response should be based on the most current research and good practice, which is what we aim to showcase. We look forward to announcing an engaging programme of speakers, workshops and field-trips over the coming weeks, and to welcoming our worldwide network of colleagues to the beautiful city of Bristol in November“.

Bookings will be open soon. Put the date in your diary and watch this space for further updates, or enter your contact details below.


 

 

 

 

 


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3 Responses to “Bristol to host international child-friendly city conference in November 2019”

  1. playperspective 7 May 2019 at 9:42 pm #

    Hi Adrian,

    Hope you’re well.

    I would love to get involved if possible.

    I could give a presentation / run a structured, more formal workshop session on how existing inclusive play design guidance (London Plan, Shaping neighbourhoods, BS 8300, Inclusive Urban Design and others) could be applied throughout the planning process – which I’ve recently done some work on as part of a large master planning scheme in London.

    In case you don’t know, I’ve now been working at an inclusive design consultancy for two years doing access auditing and inclusive design consultancy, so regularly review plans and designs for housing and new and redeveloped public realm areas. So I’m getting familiar with planning processes!

    I’ve been wanting to present a talk along the lines of the above for a while – this conference seems like the perfect place. Although I see the idea of incidental playable public space is being understood and used more, children often don’t get considered in the planning process, let alone disabled children and or / disabled parents and carers. Loads of good guidance is out there, and I would like to present how and when it could easily feed into planning processes – ones with and without consultations.

    Do get in touch if you like the idea and the format sounds appropriate / let me know next steps for moving this idea forward. Your comments on the above idea are very welcome.

    Best wishes, Kelda

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    • adrianvoce 17 May 2019 at 5:41 pm #

      Hi Kelda, nice to hear from you. There will be a call for papers very soon and it would be great to have a submission from you. Your work sounds really interesting. All the best, Adrian

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