The resource kit was developed by the Children’s Environments Research Group with the participation of children, youth and adults in over a dozen countries around the world and with support from UNICEF, the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Innocenti Research Centre, Childwatch International Research Network, the Instituto Paulo Montenegro, the Institute of Philippine Culture, and a diverse range of local community groups and international non-governmental organizations.
The resource kit was originally developed to support local monitoring of the conditions that fulfill children’s rights for Child Friendly Cities with governance and community self-assessment tools (download the CFC Final Research Report Executive Summary). It has since been expanded for use in schools and additional planning, implementation and evaluation tools have been developed to support community groups in creating child friendly environments.
The tools and materials can be used to:
- Collect data on the current conditions of communities and schools through a community-led, participatory process
- Increase awareness of children’s rights as it applies to children’s everyday lives
- Create better physical, social and natural environments with children, youth and families
- Enhance and expand community and school services and programs for children and youth
- Improve opportunities for child, youth and parent participation in community and school decisions
- Inform and develop school, community and municipal policies for children, youth and families