In March 2019, Liverpool City Council began working towards becoming a UNICEF Child Friendly City.
This involves undertaking and implementing a number of commitments to ensure that children's rights are reflected in laws, policies, programmes and budgets at the local level. This is a major opportunity to improve the life chances, health and well-being of children across the city, and involves partners from a range of public services (local authorities, teachers, health care professionals, police, fire service, social workers, early years education), civil society organisations, businesses, transport as well as further and higher education institutions.
The University of Liverpool is a key partner in this endeavour. It will leverage its expertise in multiple areas of research relevant to children and harness its links with the children's sector locally and nationally. Strong collaborative links have also been developed internally, across all three Faculties, with over 150 research active staff conducting research on issues relevant to children and childhood.
The University has prioritised research relating to children as part of its Starting Well, Living Well, Ageing Well
theme, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has adopted Children and Childhood
as one of its core research themes.
This event will provide researchers from across the University of Liverpool and from other universities in the city with an opportunity to present research that could inform efforts to transform Liverpool into a child friendly city. It will involve a series of very short presentations around three questions:
• How is my research relevant to children in Liverpool?
• How can my research inform efforts to make Liverpool a child friendly city
• What steps could be taken to transpose my research findings into concrete action and impact at local level?
Presentations will provide the basis for cross-disciplinary discussion and planning, with a view to developing a series of Child Friendly City Research Briefings, identifying avenues for further research, and exploring possibilities for enhanced cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration.