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Who are CYPAB??

The Children and Young People’s Advisory Board (CYPAB) advises on the work of Child Friendly Cardiff, ensuring that young people’s voices are at the heart of all they do. Giving children across the city the opportunity to exercise their right to share their views. CYPAB has regular online meetings, with some full-day workshops spread throughout... View Article

The Winter of Wellbeing Festival leads Us Into Another Summer of Fun!

Cardiff is currently on a mission to become the UK’s first UNICEF accredited Child Friendly City – putting Child Rights at its core. In the summer of 2021, CFC held the Summer of Smiles, a city-wide festival to ensure all young people have the opportunity to enjoy their rights. The success of the Summer of... View Article

Young Cardiff Artists Say Gaming Improves Their Mental Health

21 young artists from Cardiff have all said that Gaming has improved their mental health. In the Never Give In project funded by Cardiff Council and Cardiff Youth Service, 21 Cardiff artists aged 11-24 created a piece of artwork about the impacts of gaming on their mental health. The impacts of gaming on children and young people have... View Article

Divya Made a Difference.

"Winning the Summer Ideas Challenge 2020 has allowed me to bring my idea to life, and as a result has benefited me, and Cardiff in numerous ways. I originally proposed the idea ‘raising awareness of the facility to recycle items not usually recyclable/hard to recycle at areas around Cardiff’ using the company TerraCycle. This was... View Article

The Rights Respecting Schools Award can now be accessed for FREE!

Cardiff Council Education Service have entered into a service level agreement with UK committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) which will ensure that the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA) can be accessed for free across all Cardiff schools during 2022/23 📣 This centralised, cost-efficient model will provide equitable access to a consistent approach to rights-based… View Article

16 to 17 year olds can now vote in local council elections!

Local councils play a huge role in how Wales in run, and provide key services for your local communuty 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Register to vote now 🗳 Click Here 👈   #useyourviews #registertovote #wales #vote

Did you know that Childrens’ Universities exists?… There’s one in Cardiff!

Children’s University is a charity that works in partnership with schools to develop a love of learning in children. We do this by encouraging and celebrating participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school. There are a small number of schools participating but this project is set to grow over the next three years.... View Article

CYPAB Members Come Together to Learn, Collaborate and Share Ideas

Our Children and Young People Advisory Board (CYPAB) came together at the end of 2021 after meeting virtually since the start of the pandemic. It was great to be able to be in person for a workshop developed to engage and educate them on the work of Child Friendly Cardiff. As well as letting take... View Article

Cardiff’s very own Zero Waste Network is off to a great start!

The Zero Waste Network designed and developed by a young person named Divya, in collaboration with our Team at CFC, has got off to a great start🌱 Six new TerraCycle Zero Waste Boxes have been placed around the city for the public to access! 🌍 Ely and Caerau Hwb have been successful in filling their… View Article

Cardiff University Students Generate Solutions to Creating the UK’s First UNICEF ‘Child Friendly City’

Cardiff University have once again demonstrated their commitment to a Child Friendly Cardiff by curating an intense 6 session social change programme, with students from across the faculties. In partnership with Child Friendly Cardiff the university enterprise team put out a call to action for students to immerse themselves in a child rights approach to… View Article

My Journey to the UNICEF UK Youth Advisory Board

Hello, my name is Arthur, and I am one of the new members of the UNICEF UK Youth Advisory Board alongside seven other inspirational young people from all around the UK. Over the next two years, we will be working together to advocate for Children’s Rights and raise awareness of the UNCRC. Young people are the… View Article

Our Zero Waste Network has now Launched!

We are so excited to announce the launch of our very own Zero Waste Network! A project developed by and with a young person named Divya, who won our ‘Cardiff Summer Ideas Challenge 2020’🏆 We have been working hard over the last year to set this up and look to continue developing the network into… View Article

Child Friendly City Assessment

UNICEF UK Committee has suggested that Cardiff will be ready for Child Friendly City assessment early 2022. Preparation for this assessment has now started in earnest with a suite of short films being commissioned to capture the story of change across key areas of work. Local production company Redbrck Productions has started work on the… View Article

South Wales Police Rights Charter

South Wales Police have worked with the Children’s Commissioners Office to develop a child rights based charter setting out the entitlements of children and young people. Alongside this work a series of South Wales Police Youth Forums have been established and UNICEF training is being planned to support this important work.

Play Lanes – Latest Updates

The safer play lanes pilot is progressing steadily across Grangetown. Several primary school and community consultations have been carried out, led by PhD student Hester Buck of Cardiff University.   As a result of the consultations, key themes and ideas were selected to progress into the design phase of each pilot lane, including bird boxes, floor games, folding benches,… View Article

Rights Respecting Schools Cardiff, Summer 2021.

We have been working with UNICEF to roll out the Rights Respecting Schools Award across the city. The goal is to create safe and inspiring places to learn, where children are respected, their talents are nurtured, and they are able to thrive. Cardiff Council is subsidising registration and providing free training for schools! So far:  45... View Article

The Children and Young People’s Advisory Board Volunteer at the Summer of Smiles

The sun is shining and everyone is smiling 🌞😄 The Cardiff Children and Young People Advisory Board spent a lovely day today volunteering at the Summer of Smiles Festival and got to enjoy some of the activities 🌻 Aged 8 to 18 and want to join the board to help develop child friendly initiatives in... View Article

Llandaff Fields Play Area – Lesson Pack

The aim of this lesson pack is to introduce the proposed park development to your pupils and give the children and young people the chance to share their views and shape the development of the Llandaff Fields playground through discussing play, sharing their ideas and designing their ideal play area. Lesson guidance for teachers. Pupil... View Article

The Lamby Way Recycling Centre “Drawing Challenge”

Cardiff Council need your drawing skills to help us create a “one planet Cardiff” themed mural that will be painted at Lamby Way recycling centre. Keep your drawings to one colour, once finished scan or photograph and send to: Download the drawing activity here. (PDF 1.2mb)

‘Craft Your City’ using Minecraft

Cardiff Council in partnership with Cardiff University, is providing children and young people with a unique and innovative opportunity to help shape the future of Cardiff by using a virtual game platform. ‘Craft Your City’ is a Child Friendly Cardiff initiative which aims to engage young people in a range of strategic developments by using… View Article

How gardening at school can tackle child obesity

Childhood obesity is a major public health concern in the UK. Surveys conducted in 2017 and 2018 showed that 28 per cent of children aged from two to 15 in England were overweight or obese. Overweight and obese children have a greater chance of staying obese as adults. They are at risk of developing diseases... View Article

Playing for participation

If there is one industry that has grown during COVID lockdowns, it’s the gaming industry. Sales, downloads and viewership have blossomed worldwide. But the rise of competitive gaming hasn’t happened overnight. Pre-COVID, eSports championships were filling world renowned venues like Madison Square Garden, and the prize money on offer for some tournaments is on par… View Article

NoFit State Circus – Autism Friendly classes

NoFit State Circus are pleased to announce our brand-new weekly circus classes designed especially for children and young people aged 5-18 on the autistic spectrum. The Diverse Circus classes will be starting this November in Four Elms and will give children the chance to learn exciting new circus skills in a relaxed and supported environment… View Article

Milan cuts CO2 emissions – by making school dinners healthier

The Italian city of Milan has risen to the challenge of cutting CO2 emissions by targeting an unexpected crucial place – the dinner plates of schoolchildren. Already one of the leading cities in developing forward-thinking food policies, the city, which has a population of 1.4 million, has managed to cut CO2 emissions in its school… View Article

Carers Rights – Looking after someone? Know your rights.

Most of us will provide unpaid care for someone who is older, disabled or seriously ill at some point in our lives. Taking place on Thursday 26 November, Carers Rights Day brings together organisations from across the UK to reach out to carers with information, advice and support. This year’s theme is Know Your Rights. The COVID-19… View Article

Young Voices Changing Policing and Crime

Be a part of the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner  Young Voices Conversation!  Young Voices Conversation aims to provide an open forum for young people living in South Wales to speak with the Police & Crime Commissioner and South Wales Police about policing and community safety. The forum will meet 3 times a year… View Article

Outdoor Cardiff

Outdoor Cardiff is about using partnership and co-ordination to promote the rich variety of open air events, places and activities that the city has to offer, in contrast to the more familiar image of Cardiff as a cosmopolitan capital city known for its rugby and sporting tradition, cultural venues, shopping and nightlife. This portal provides… View Article

National Safeguarding Week

For National Safeguarding Week, Cardiff has launched a corporate safeguarding animated video designed to help all staff understand what we can do to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse. The video reinforces the message that ‘safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility’ and we all have a duty to report safeguarding concerns under the Wales Safeguarding Procedures… View Article

Young People Q&A with Mark Drakeford

Young people met with the First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford MS/AS to discuss all things mental health support, Covid, education, being a leader and much more. Make sure you subscribe to the CYS channel to stay up to date with our content.

Study links childhood poverty to violent crime and self-harm

A new study shows that children growing up in poverty are seven times more likely to harm themselves and be involved in violent crimes as young adults. This research highlights the importance of providing child-friendly public services, housing and education. The study used data from Denmark, however, two of the authors Professor Roger Webb and… View Article

World Children’s Day Book Giveaway

To celebrate World Children's Day on November the 20th we have 10 copies of ' Children Who Changed the World' up for grabs. An inspiring and incredible showcase of the power of children's rights! To enter: 1. Like one of our giveaway posts on one of our social media accounts Twitter/Instagram/Facebook 2. Follow that account... View Article

Cardiff Summer Ideas Challenge

The Ideas Summer Challenge was a response to drastic changes brought on by COVID-19.

Pupil Engagement Road Map

Children and young people have been sharing their views on the challenges faced during the pandemic.


Children and young people joined a wide range of adult stakeholders at Cardiff City Stadium to take part in the Making a Child Friendly Cardiff and Vale Symposium.

Corona Virus and Me Survey

3,706 Cardiff pupils aged 8-18 completed the Children’s Commissioner’s Corona Virus and Me Survey.

Curriculum for Life Hacks – the things adults didn’t tell you

Curriculum for Life hacks is a project being developed by the Child Friendly City team to engage children and young people.

Chalk Drawing Event

Whilst lockdown has restricted a lot of community interaction and events, we hosted a socially distanced fun chalk drawing activity in August

Annual Review 2018/19

This report provides analysis of our progress towards the vision and goals outlined in the Child Friendly Cardiff Strategy.