Council to seek UNICEF ‘child friendly city’ status 

Motion proposed by the Hull Lib Dem Group: Proposer - Cllr Drake-Davis, 2nd – Cllr Tock

Council notes that to achieve UNICEF’s child-friendly city status, Hull will have to show, through meaningful examples, that it is a place where more children feel safe, heard, cared-for, and able to flourish, through the changes it makes.

Council believes that members of our communities and city will only benefit through the principles of child friendly city status being adopted. (ref: Guiding Principles | Child Friendly Cities Initiative)

  • Non-discrimination
  • Best interests of the child
  • The inherent right to life, survival and development
  • Respect for the views of the child
  • Equity and inclusion 
  • Accountability and transparency 
  • Public Participation
  • Effectiveness and responsiveness
  • Adaptability and sustainability

Council believes that these principles are already in operation across our city and simply need to be clarified by leadership.

Council believes that the adoption of these principles will allow all sectors of the council structure to deliver more play space, safer roads, cleaner and greener neighbourhoods, cycle infrastructure, better education, child safety – all areas which will benefit families and communities allowing Hull to become an even better place to live and work.

Council believes that consultation is vital to developing our communities, where children and young people can:

  • Have a say about decisions that affect them.
  • Express their views freely and are encouraged and supported to do that.
  • Access good health, education, transport, and other service.
  • Feel safe, prioritised, and protected from discrimination and harm.
  • Enjoy public spaces and meet other children and young people freely

Council resolves to require the Chief Executive to sign Hull up to the UNICEF programme to allow Hull to become a recognised Child Friendly city.

To implement/ improve the principles of the UNICEF status, within this motion, as soon as possible

And to develop a consultation strategy which includes the principles of young people inclusion as stated above.