EUROCITIES is delighted to announce the creation of a new cross-forum working
group that will focus on ‘children and young people’. From cultural engagement
to health and well-being the working group will work across all EUROCITIES
forums, focusing on the varied aspects of children and young people in our
For 2020, the working group will look at 3 key objectives which include:
Mitigating the effects of child poverty
Reducing the amount of ‘looked-after children’ in our cities (children in public care)
Improving social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of children and young people
Through events and other activities, the working group will facilitate cities exchanging knowledge, sharing best practices and mapping city initiatives which look to tackle these objectives. The participating cities will also focus on how they can align the local policies to key EU policies such as the Youth Guarantee, Child Guarantee and European Pillar of Social Rights.
The UK City of Leeds will chair the working group. Leeds has a strong record of celebrating and empowering children and young people, and the city is currently working towards a vision for Leeds to become a ‘Child Friendly’ city – that is a city that puts children and young people at heart of everything it does, creating a safe and prosperous city for young people to grow-up in.
Are you interested to be part of the working group?
If you would like to sign-up to receiving updates or engage in the activity of the WG children and young people register here: https://bit.ly/31qoJTx
Join us for the first meeting of the WG, in Leeds, on 19-20 March!
The working group will meet for the first time in Leeds on 19-20 March. The meeting will focus on the topic of child poverty.
The first day will focus on the situation in Leeds, which like many cities, is polarised with many children and young people still living in poverty. The morning sessions will present Leeds’ ambition to become a Child Friendly City, and details of the approach and methods the city is using to tackle child poverty. This will be followed by study visits across the city to meet some of the people and organisations that are working with Leeds City Council to develop solutions and projects to tackle this issue.
The second day will be focused on a wider discussion about child poverty, with an opportunity for other cities to present some of the initiatives and policies that they have introduced in their cities. There will also be a business session, where cities will have the opportunity to discuss and shape the agenda for the new working group going forward. The cities will also receive an update from EUROCITIES on all the key EU policies relating to children and young people.
Agenda of the WG children and young people meeting
Thursday 19 March
09:30 – 10:15 Welcome to Leeds
10:15 – 10:30 Welcome to the Working Group
10:30 – 12:15 A Leeds Perspective on Children and Young People
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
13:15 – 16:30 Study Visits
Friday 20 March
09:30 – 10:00 Reflections on learnings and study visits
10:00 – 12:30 Sharing best practice on Child Poverty from across Europe
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Workshop on Child Guarantee
14:30 - 16:30 Business session
Register to attend the first meeting of the working group here
. The deadline to register is 09 March
Please find below all the needed practical information.