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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.