Welcome to Children at Heart in London, our year-long programme to support London's voluntary sector in its work with children now that Engage London has finished. A new strategy and system for supporting London's civil society organisations, The Way Ahead, is being implemented but during this year of transition, City Bridge Trust is funding several infrastructure organisations to continue providing the capacity-building voluntary and community organisations across the capital need.Children England is here to provide a hub of expertise in policy and practice relating to children. There are a few key areas we already plan to offer support in, but we're also keen to hear from you what particular topics you need help with, whether that's through briefings, training events or practice-sharing.
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All policy and practice resources will be listed at the foot of this page. Events will be promoted in our training and events section.
Have an idea for another area of children's policy or practice your organisation would like help with? Let us know asap so that we can look into organising an event, briefing or practice-sharing opportunity around it. All our events and resources will be free to anyone working in the voluntary and community sector in London.
Event report: Children's Voices at Heart in London
Keen to make sure children have their say in London? If you couldn't make it to our February event looking at how we can amplify children's voices in London decision-making, you can still read the write-up and see what ideas came out of it. There was a great buzz of positivity, collaboration and ideas for action in the room and all participants, younger and older, are happy for their suggestions to be taken up by others working in London. So have a read!
Helping the Mayor put Children at Heart in London Children England and partners at the 4in10 child poverty network helped children and young people in London contribute to the Mayor’s consultation on his Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, running sessions to gather younger London residents’ comments on the Mayor’s proposed plans and explore their own ideas for improving their experience growing up in the capital. The resulting submission to the Mayor's consultation is below.
Reflections on a great youth participation event from Children England's Policy and Campaigns ManagerRead more
A write-up of our event exploring how we can connect and amplify children's voices in decision-making across LondonRead more
Children England and the 4in10 London Child Poverty Network gathered the views of children and young people for contribution to the Mayor's Diversity & Inclusion StrategyRead more