Who we are

A Place in Childhood (APiC) is a new Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) on a mission to promote and conceive Inclusive Child-Friendly Environments through a triad of practice-based Research, Advocacy and Action.

We have seen that our young citizen’s access to the outdoors; freedom to play; and appreciation and understanding of their built and natural environment, has been in decline for quite some time. Access to inclusive child-friendly environments is fundamentally a right, and is proven to reduce stress, improve mental and physical health, aid learning, foster community spirit, increase social and economic value, reduce anti-social behaviour and crime, and promote creativity and innovation. It is a biological, psychological and social necessity.

Underpinned by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, our team of Researchers, Planners and Creative Practitioners put children at the heart of everything we do.

Professionals accountable for the design and regeneration of our everyday environments should also be responsible for upholding the rights of our children and young people. Therefore, we distil the outcomes of our combined research with local knowledge derived from our own participatory practice. From this we provide consultancy services that help our clients shape better places for children, as well as facilitating an open source knowledge network on child-friendly environments.

Get in touch if you’d like to work with us!

Scottish Charity Number: SC048635

Recent Posts

UK planning policy mainly fails children, but London, Wales and Scotland begin to show the way

This summers’ publication of the Mayor of London’s proposed revisions to the London Plan was welcomed by children’s rights advocates who have been pushing for a stronger policy on children and young people’s play, recreation, and independent mobility. Wider reaction to this part of the Plan, including from the UK government, signalled the ongoing influence … Continue reading UK planning policy mainly fails children, but London, Wales and Scotland begin to show the way

Briefing regarding Stage 3 Planning (Scotland) Bill – Participation of Children and Young People in the Local Development Plan with the Planning (Scotland) Bill

Context Children’s and young people’s access to, and freedom to play in, the natural and built environment has been in decline for decades. However, access to inclusive child-friendly environments is a fundamental right under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The UK signed up to the UNCRC in 1991. Among these … Continue reading Briefing regarding Stage 3 Planning (Scotland) Bill – Participation of Children and Young People in the Local Development Plan with the Planning (Scotland) Bill

Urban planning is failing children and breaching their human rights – here’s what needs to be done

Dr Jenny Wood, APiC Co-founder Children are being left out of decisions about the environments created around them, when really, their needs should be at the heart of them. In the UK, children are becoming less healthy – physically and mentally – and spend more time indoors than previous generations. Society is so caught up in discussing … Continue reading Urban planning is failing children and breaching their human rights – here’s what needs to be done

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