"A child-friendly city is a city for everyone ... it needs to be walkable, safe, green, and rich in play and adventure. It needs to offer diversity and culture ... and the chance to feel part of a community."

Samuel Williams (Arup), republished by UNICEF 2018

What do kids in Ipswich think

About Council policy

Join the discussion about what makes Ipswich a child, youth and family friendly city!

Ipswich City Council invites you to share your experience and ideas. What do you think makes Ipswich a child, youth and family friendly city?

We are developing a new policy for children, young people and families. We want to hear from a diverse range of voices from across Ipswich.

You can join the discussion by coming along to our workshops or answering some questions in our survey.

Children, young people and families are important to Ipswich’s identity, growth and success. That’s why Ipswich City Council is developing a new policy.

The new policy will be guided by UNICEF’s principles for a child-friendly city. We are also looking to build on the good things already in place and happening in Ipswich.

UNICEF describes a child-friendly city as one where:

• every child and young person lives in an environment where they feel safe and secure.

• their voice is heard and matters.

• they have access to quality education and social services, clean air and water.

• they can play, learn and reach their potential.

For children and young people to meet their full potential, we know families and care-givers must also live in a city with access to the opportunities, resources and supports they need.

Take our survey

Talk to us

This survey is an opportunity for you to identify the things that help to make Ipswich a great place for children, young people and families.

We're asking you to first share your views as they relate to your local community (suburb area).

We're also asking you to think about the city of Ipswich more broadly. What things already make, and would make, Ipswich a city for all children, young people and families?

The survey takes about 10-15 minutes. All responses will be anonymous.

Your input will help inform council's policy statement for children, young people and families, and identify the next steps in making things happen.

Important: If you're aged under 16 years, we ask that you first check with your parent/legal guardian about participating in this survey.

The survey may be an activity you want to do together.

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Tell us about your community

How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements about your local community (suburb area)?


Children, young people and families are a strong part of my local community's identity and character. Required
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In my local community, there are different options for children, young people and families to gather, socialise or play. Required
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In my local community, local facilities are safe and accessible for all children, young people and families. Required
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In my local community, we have access to a range of services to meet the needs of children, young people and families. Required
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In my local community, there are opportunities for children, young people and families to participate in different cultural activities. Required
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In my local community, we have outdoor spaces where children, young people and families can explore, create, and interact with the natural environment. Required
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It is easy for children, young people and families to walk and/or cycle around my local community. Required
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In my local community, we have access to quality education and skill development opportunities for children, young people and families. Required
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Tell us what you think about the city of Ipswich overall