London Forum

The Alliance for Childhood London Forum is an opportunity to share ideas and experiences on how to improve the quality of childhood for children in London and to highlight how they can be given a more central place in decision-making over planning and development issues.

The Forum is open to anyone who has an interest or an involvement in decision-making which affects children in the city, including planners, policy-makers, play workers, architects, engineers, artists, representatives of children’s organisations and of course children and young people.

Through the coming together of a wide spectrum of people from different disciplines and backgrounds, each can inspire the other to take up new ideas on how to give space to children live, play and move around the city.

The London Forum meets regularly at City Hall and shares new insights and initiatives regarding the quality of childhood. The members also brief each other on their activities and in this way new partnerships and coalitions are formed regarding certain themes and projects.

The Quality of Childhood in London

Improving the quality of childhood is beneficial both for children and for the societies in which they live. Policy-makers and stakeholders make decisions that affect children. The way that these decisions are arrived at develops from their image of the child. It is therefore very important that this image represents what is in the best interests of the child.

Through meetings of the London Forum, we can become aware of the issues that affect children in London today and to stimulate cooperation in the GLA for the benefit of children.

Next Meeting

The 8th London Forum meeting took place on 26th March 2019 in City Hall. Our main theme was how we can help boys in London do well at school.  The report of the meeting will follow. A date for our next meeting will also be announced. Our theme will be related to early years and how best to give children a good start in life.


7th London Forum January 2019

Report: lkmco boys on track

6th London Forum October 2018

Presentations: Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund;  Waltham Forest YIAG

5th London Forum May 2018

Alliance for Childhood submission to consultation on the Mayor’s London Plan

4th London Forum February 2018

Suggested changes, additions and comments to policy areas in the Mayor’s new London Plan consultation

3rd London Forum December 2017

2nd London Forum October 2017

1st London Forum June 2017