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City Hall
College Green

Thu 9 Nov 2017
14:00 - 16:30


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Following Bristol Child Friendly City’s collaboration with local primary schools, hear the issues that young people say affect their play in cities. 

Since 2015, Playing Out, Architecture Centre and Room13 Hareclive (the partners of Bristol Child Friendly City) have collaborated with number of primary schools across the city to enable their voices be heard on issues that effect their play in city spaces: such as traffic, public transport and dog fouling.

This event will bring the initiative partners as well as the primary school representatives together to discuss the finding of the projects, and talk to audience members about what their participation means to them and what they did in these projects. The event will also invite audience members to work with children representing these projects from a number of socio-economically deprived areas of Bristol to co-produce tips for engaging children in research and decision making to be displayed in creative ways such as banners and wall art.

In addition to the talk, the event will also exhibit outputs from the Bristol Child Friendly City projects in City Hall’s public event space. The exhibit includes short films that have been made with children, posters and images of children’s participation.

We have the support of the Bristol Mayor and a number of policy and service leads in the city council who will attend the event. We are also keen to invite city planners, transport providers, neighbourhood representatives and Bristol Waste who may not naturally engage with children as users of the services they provide in cities. Beyond these city representatives we are keen to make this an open event for members of the public to appreciate the value of children’s views on city spaces.

The output of the event and collaborative working we hope will provide practical advice for policy makers, service providers and commissioners to think about how they involve children in meaningful discussions and research about their experiences of living in cities. We intend to make these available as a web based toolkit after the event and will be disseminating across networks.

Bristol Child Friendly City

Bristol Child Friendly City (BCFC) was established in 2015 by the Architecture Centre, Playing Out and Room 13 Hareclive. Since its establishment this initiative, with in-kind support from the University of Bristol and a network of other grassroots organisations, has been enabling a city-wide conversation and delivering live projects aimed at increasing the visibility and voice of all children in the city. At its core the initiative aims to increase children’s access to the physical and democratic space of the city.

Part of the Thinking Futures Festival and the ESRC Festival of Social Science.