Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland, Events

Child-friendly Neighbourhoods: webinar resources

How we can create vibrant, safe, sustainable, accessible places where children can thrive, play and prosper is a fundamental focus for Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland.

Our upcoming webinar asks how can an inclusive and proactive place-based approach to community wealth-building take better account of the role, needs, spaces and wellbeing of children and young people?

It’s now fully booked but we have put together a selection of our resources from our three years of work with children and communities specifically related to the focus of the seminar.

This literature review demonstrates that place-based approaches can help to mitigate the effects of structural inequalities and improve outcomes for children and young people, their families, and the communities in which they live. However, more evidence is required as to the effectiveness of such interventions, and the specific ways in which they can support children and families. The review recognises the importance of context and the need to develop localised, customised approaches that pays attention to geographical diversity and different funding contexts.

What kind of place is a neighbourhood? Most people use ‘place’ and ‘space’ to mean the same thing at times but for some researchers there is an important difference between these two words. This short blog explains why we use ‘places’ in connection with CNS neighbourhoods.

Within these neighbourhoods, our Local Coordinators provide support in the settings where children and young people grow, live and learn, and they help develop and align efforts to support change.

Creative place-making: Mapping out Rigside demonstrates the practices we use when speaking with children and young people to hear their views, interests, and worries – as well as their ideas and solutions – in order to understand what action can be undertaken to support their wellbeing.

A growing body of international evidence demonstrates the positive relationship between engagement with greenspace and the wellbeing of children and young people. This blog on improving greenspaces shares insights into why some young people are afraid to spend time in their local greenspaces – and how this can be changed.

In areas of multiple disadvantages, children are less likely to engage in spaces outside. They cite reasons such as litter, neglect, inaccessible and neglected spaces, fear of other older children or adults, as well as traffic. What can ‘we’ do to enable children to feel happy and safe in their own neighbourhoods – to go outside not just during the holidays, but year around?

One solution is described in Growchapel: Plotting healthier futures, which details a community collaborative action project working to address these fears. The webinar is now fully booked but we’ll produce an insights report afterwards to continue the development of the policy and the reality of community wealth building that takes better account of the role, needs, spaces and wellbeing of children and young people.

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