The Child Friendly City Initiative (CFCI) in Germany was created in 2012 and is run by the “Kinderfreundliche Kommunen e.V.” association, a coordinating body set up by the German National Committee for UNICEF in partnership with the non-governmental organization Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk e.V.
The initiative aims to do two things: 1) raise awareness around the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN-CRC) with local administrations, politicians and the public including children in each municipality so that they are able to adjust their local child and youth policy accordingly; and 2) create room for the democratic participation of children and youth in the development of their municipality.
To help implement the UN-CRC, the CFCI coordinating body, in cooperation with experts, developed core questions containing standards that lead to a Child Friendly City. They are pooled in the four thematic areas: the “Best Interest of the Child”; “Regulatory Framework”; “Child Participation”; and “Information and Public Relations”.
Currently, there are 52 German municipalities participating in the initiative.
The whole project cycle in each municipality takes about four years. At the beginning of the cycle the CFCI coordinating body carries out a comprehensive analysis of the municipality’s structure and child rights situation. The municipality then uses the results of the analysis to develop an action plan with the participation of children and youth.
During the three years of implementation of the action plan, the municipality is closely monitored and supported by the association as well as by external experts. At the end of the project cycle the municipality can extend the process for another three years, following the same procedures as in the first round.
Population: 84,485,000 (2023)
Pop. under 18: 13,860,000 (2021)
Source: Federal Statistical Office
German National Committee for UNICEF
Sarah Ansel, Head of Domestic Programmes
Division of Communication and Child Rights
Schumannstr. 18, 10117 Berlin
Mobil +49 176 10 42 42 90
Kinderfreundliche Kommunen e.V. / Child Friendly Cities Initiative in Germany
Dominik Bär, Executive Director
+49 (0) 1590 13 57 567
List of child friendly cities in Germany
- Bad Pyrmont
- Berlin Marzahn-Hellersdorf
- Berlin Pankow
- Weil am Rhein