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.
The next London Forum takes place on Tuesday 22nd May 2018 at 10 am in City Hall. Marie Williams will present the latest research showing major opportunities for the inclusion of children and young people in the planning and design of urban environments and we’ll consider the Mayor’s vision for young Londoner’s which is about to be published. Jerome Harvey-Agyei will speak about his work with young people and his vision. Details to follow.