CFAP SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

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Dear CFAP Network Members
Please find below information about some recent activities and publications that might be of interest to you. If you have any conferences, workshops, publications or activities you would like to share with network members please email them on so I can post them in the next newsletter. Regards Karen
UPDATE ON LATEST AUSTRALIAN CFC CITIES

City of Hobsons Bay, VIC. As many of you may know the City of Hobsons Bay was involved in an extensive children and community consultation to inform the development of their Municipal Early Years Plan. Here is a copy of the Children’s Plan attached, together with the final version of the Consultation report. For further information and to obtain copies of the background documents you can visit the Council website at: http://www.hobsonsb ay.vic.gov. au/page/page. asp?page_ Id=4463

City of Penrith, NSW is one of the latest cities to be designing a children’s Plan based on Child Friendly Cities principles. Elton consulting is working with city staff to consult with children and community with the view of designing a unique children’s plan.

Do you have a children’s plan or consultation report you would like to share with others? Send it to the CFAP email and I can post it on our website.

UPDATE ON CFC in INDONESIA

To give you an update on the latest CFAP news, I travelled to Indonesia in early July to spend time with the National governments Child Friendly Cities team. Child friendly cities is a huge task in Indonesia with a very diverse population and over 81 million children aged between 0-18 years. While I was there I had the opportunity to visit two key city sites in Java, Yogyakarta and Solo/Surakarta, who are both seeking to create child friendly cities. I was able to see these projects in practice and I was very impressed by the wonderful initiatives being developed to support children and in particular children who were vulnerable and at high risk. There are 30 CFC cities in Indonesia the list below shows the 15 cities that have been initiated through government support and the 15 who have self-initiated their CFC program. The cities are all at different levels and stages of development and all have unique programs supporting the needs of their children. The program is supported under the Ministry for Woman’s Empowerment. The objectives and principles of the program are also listed below. In addition to visiting CFC sites part of my visit was to speak to the Minister for Woman’s Empowerment and to invite Indonesia to act as a key hub in the CFAP network – which they gratefully accepted. The task at hand now is to translate some of the work they are doing so we can share it across the region. We are also seeking joint funding to develop further the network program between Japan, Indonesia and Australia.

UNICEF CFC INTERNATIONAL

New UNICEF Representative
Francesca Moneti has relocated to New York and is no longer working at IRC with Dori Giusti has taking over her role. Dori’s contact details are:
Dora Giusti, Child Protection Specialist Innocenti Research Centre
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Piazza SS.. Annunziata 12, 50122 Firenze, Italy
phone: +39-055-2033 345 fax: +39-055-2033 220 email: [email protected] .org website: www..unicef-irc. org

UNICEF Self-assessment tools
The CFC self assessment tools are currently being trialled and will be on the website of the CFC after the piloting. Any interested city will be able to use them at this time and get feedback from the UNICEF CFC research team with the view of enriching the process. A new version of the CFC webpage was opened during August. There is a section on research where the tools will be uploaded. When this is complete I will let members aware of where to find the tools and how to administer them. The aim of the self-assessment tools is to create the opportunity for cities to develop data with and by children and the community about how the city is addressing children’s needs and interests. The self assessment survey items are developed around the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

NEW PUBLICATIONS

The NSW Commission for Children and Young People recently released an amazing practical guide for supporting the building and designing of child friendly cities called “Built4kids: a good practice guide to creating child-friendly environments” . Built4kids is a resource developed by the Commission to help create built environments with and for children and young people. It can be used by local councils, government agencies, planners, schools, architects, developers and other professionals. You can find the report on the website:

http://www.kids. nsw.gov.au/ kids/resources/ publications. cfm?itemID= 0665D537F09D5771 64DEE83D91C57AAC

Journal article
The journal Pediatrics recently published an interesting paper called: The Built Environment: Designing Communities to promote Physical Activity in Children. A copy of the paper is attached.

Recent UNICEF Publication:
Everyday Fears: a study of living in the Southern Border area of Thailand.

A Handbook of Children’s Participation: Perspectives for Theory and Practice, edited by barry percy-Smith and Nigel Thomas
A Handbook of Children’s Participation brings together key thinkers and practitioners from diverse contexts across the globe to provide an authoritative overview of contemporary theory and practice around children’s participation.

Further Information about Indonesia
List of CFC cities in Indonesia
Supported:
1. Surakarta City
2. Sidoarjo Residence
3. Gorontalo Residence
4. Jambi City
5. Kutai Kertanegara Residence
6. Padang City
7. Malang City
8. Pontianak City
9. Manado City
10. Kupang City
11. Aceh Besar Residence
12. OKI Residence
13. Lampung Selatan Residence
14. Karawang Residence
15.. Sragen Residence

Self selected:
16. Bandung City
17. Semarang City
18. Kuningan Residence
19. Banjarnegara Residence
20. Boyolali Residence
21. Kediri City
22. Nganjuk Residence
23. Depok City
24. Karangasem Residence
25. Kulon Progo Residence
26. Riau City
27. Malang Residence
28. Serdang Bedagai Residence
29. Yogyakarta City
30. Grobogan Residence

Objectives and Principles of the Indonesian Child Friendly Cities Project

General Objective
The objectives of developing CFC is; integrating political will; transforming the UN CRC into development definition, strategy, and intervention; developing a child friendly environment policy; mobilizing all resources within the cities; strengthening family ability to care for children.

Specific Objectives
§ Developing a child friendly environment policy in National and Local level of administration;
§ Mobilizing resources within the cities (government, society and private sectors)
§ Developing and monitoring a framework of CFC with a sustainable mechanism of policy setting and with city administration;
§ Providing strategies, technical assistance, and developing the city ability of cities stakeholders
§ Strengthening the role of city administration
§ Developing children data-base
§ Strengthening family ability to care children

Key Principles
§ Non discriminative.
§ The best interest for children
§ Every child has the right to live, survive, and develop maximally physical, mental, spiritual, moral, psychological and social.
§ Listen to children’s view and respect them

Dr Karen Malone
Professor Social Sciences
Faculty of Education
University of Wollongong
Wollongong NSW 2522

email: [email protected] edu.au
website: www.childfriendlyas iapacific. net