London Forum

The Alliance for Childhood London Forum is suspended for the time being due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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 Meetings

The 11th London Forum meeting was due to be held on Monday 5th October 2020, to look at Schools, lockdown and loose parts play. City Hall is closed for public events till restrictions have eased. Meanwhile, we are considering meeting by video link.


10th London Forum February 2020

9th London Forum  October 2019

8th London Forum March 2019

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