© Andrew Ebrahim

A new report published by a children’s rights expert at Edge Hill University has highlighted some of the necessary steps to be taken to help improve the lives of children living in Liverpool. 

Professor of Children’s Rights, Carol Robinson, has released the series of recommendations in support of Liverpool City Council’s bid to achieve Unicef UK’s Child Friendly City (CFC) status. 

The report ‘Developing understandings about the challenges of working towards Child Friendly City status in Liverpool’, highlights the key challenges linked to Liverpool’s child-friendly status. 

Funded by Edge Hill’s Institute for Social Responsibility (ISR), the findings indicate the need to develop common, cross-agency goals relating to children’s rights for all child and family-facing service practitioners and front-line workers working with children, and the need to support families to access services and activities. 

Professor Carol Robinson

Prof Robinson said: “The findings in this report focus on developing an understanding of the challenges facing Liverpool as it strives to achieve child-friendly status. One of the ways we can achieve this is by raising knowledge and awareness about children’s rights in professionals working with and on behalf of children and their families. 

“The intention is for all children in Liverpool to feel safe and prioritised by being involved and having a say in decisions that affect them and shape their lives. Liverpool City Council has created an action plan for progress which aims to create a pathway for the city to turn this vision into a reality.” 

Liverpool City Council launched its bid to become internationally recognised as a Unicef Child Friendly City in 2019. The city is one of several councils in the UK taking part in the programme, which aims to foster child rights at a local level to improve the daily lives of children in the cities and communities in which they live. 

Prof Robinson will present the findings from her report at an event in Liverpool on Friday 20th November to celebrate World Children’s Day. To register for the event, click here

Her main area of work focuses on children’s rights and the need to support children and young people to understand their rights. Most recently, Prof Robinson submitted evidence to the Government’s education committee, calling for children to be educated about their human rights to help them seek support if they experience abusive situations. 

Edge Hill’s Faculty of Education has a national reputation as a major provider of professional development, advanced training and high-quality resources for school leaders, teachers and teaching assistants. Find out more information the range of courses on offer here.