About the Alliance
The Alliance for Childhood is an international network of people and organisations, acting nationally and locally. The aim of the Alliance is to raise awareness in society of the importance of a good and healthy childhood, promoting the development of human beings able to build a society based on a culture of peace, environmental sustainability and respect for all differences.
Caring for Childhood
The aims of the Alliance for Childhood are inspired by a Charter of Principles drawn up by the International Joint Alliance Working Group in New York in 1999, at the beginning of the movement, which was founded in Forest Row, UK in 1997. The basis of this document is childhood, the real needs of children and their rights.
The view of childhood which stands behind these principles is symbolised by the Alliance logo: the sun.
The sun gives light, warmth and life. For the Alliance, childhood is also light that reveals and illuminates; warmth that welcomes and humanises; and life that is nurtured and constantly recreated.
To raise awareness in society of the importance of a good and healthy childhood, promoting the development of human beings able to build a society based on a culture of peace, environmental sustainability and respect for all differences.
The Alliance works internationally, nationally and locally through:
Creating a network of Alliance partners to promote the aims and objectives amongst parents, childcarers, educators, healthcare professionals and within local government.
Exchanging information, research and experience, thereby building up a shared picture to allow individual initiative.
Collating regular reports from around the world. Disseminating information through conferences, publications, the media and the Alliance websites.
Promoting research and identifying conditions for healthy child development.
Encouraging joint activities between a range of community based organisations involving children and adults.
Working with government agencies to influence change in laws and policies.
The Alliance supports the UN convention on the rights of the Child
Back Row, left to right:
Rosa Schoenmaker, Brazil; Clara Aerts, Belgium; Marion Briggs UK; Michiel Matthes, European Network Group founder
Front Row, left to right:
Joan Almon, US, co-founder; Christopher Clouder, UK, co-founder; Ute Craemer, Brazil founder