Child Friendly City

a small child looking from behind the corner

The Child Friendly City Initiative in Vantaa

The city of Vantaa was accepted into the trial of the Child Friendly City Initiative by the UNICEF Finnish National Committee at the start of 2021. The Child Friendly City Initiative serves as a tool, which UNICEF provides the participating municipalities with. It makes it easier for the municipality to make the right decisions in its administration and services and in the everyday life of children in regards to the well-being of the child. It also helps the municipalities to ensure that the children’s rights are being fulfilled as extensively as possible, including children with fewer opportunities.

Children’s rights

The Child Friendly City Initiative is based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Child Friendly Cities Initiative builds on the following four key articles of the Convention:

1. Non-discrimination and equality
2. Best interests of the child
3. The inherent right to life, survival and development
4. Respect for the views of the child

The Child Friendly City Initiative is helping the city of Vantaa to

  • Recognize which articles of the Rights of the Child that we need to develop
  • Define the measures that need to be taken to ensure that the rights of the child are fulfilled as extensively as possible in Vantaa.
  • Systematically monitor the results and how the work is progressing

How the work is progressing

We are starting our work with the Child Friendly City Initiative by mapping out the current situation, which includes examining how child-friendly our municipality is now and recognizing which areas of child friendliness we need to develop. We will then create an action plan based on our assessments to define the work to be done for the following years. If we reach our goals successfully and are able to promote the Rights of the Child in Vantaa, we will be able to receive the Child Friendly City-recognition.

How the Child Friendly City Initiative works

  1. Application to the initiative
  2. Introduction to the rights of the child
  3. Mapping out the current situation
  4. Goals, plan of conduct and implementation
  5. Monitoring, evaluation and receiving the recognition

We are mapping out the current situation during spring 2021 in Vantaa and we will create the plan of conduct during the autumn of 2021. Our goal is to start the work in the beginning of 2022, which means that Vantaa can receive the recognition as a Child Friendly City in the year 2024.

The Child Friendly City Initiative in Vantaa is coordinated by a coordination group. The chairperson of the coordination group is Katri Kalske, Deputy Mayor of the Education and Learning Department. Furthermore, a group of specialists have been assigned to ensure that the Initiative is being implemented. The group of specialists consists of representatives from all departments and the group’s chairperson is Tia Ristimäki, the coordinator of the Child Friendly City Initiative in Vantaa.

UNICEF Child Friendly Cities Initiative - Signature video

Contact information

Tia Ristimäki
Coordinator for the Child Friendly City Initiative in Vantaa
Coordinator for child- and youth services
firstname.lastname@vantaa.fi
tel. +35850 3124437

Katri Kalske
Chairperson of the coordination group for the Child Friendly City Initiative in Vantaa
Deputy Mayor of the Education and Learning Department
firstname.lastname@vantaa.fi

Find out more through the following links:

UNICEF:s Child Friendly City Initiative
The Rights of the Child
The National Child Strategy
The Ombudsman for Children