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Developing well – creating places and spaces where children and young people thrive (in-person)

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18th June : 10:00 am 4:30 pm

The TCPA will be hosting a FREE in-person conference in Birmingham on June 18 2024.

Where people live affects their ability to live healthy and long lives. For children and young people who are rapidly developing physically, emotionally and socially, their environments can have profound impacts on their lives and opportunities as they grow up and transition to adulthood.

This event will explore the relationship between children, young people and the built environment, the critical importance of creating healthy places in which they can thrive, the challenges and opportunities, and will also highlight case studies of place-based practice from local authorities and the private sector.

This event has kindly been supported by Sport England:

Please see the draft agenda below (please note, the agenda will be confirmed on the 3rd of June)

Session 1: ‘Developing well’ – creating places and spaces where children and young people thrive 
10:00 Registration and networking
10:30Welcome and introduction 
Fiona Howie – Chief Executive, TCPA 
10:35  Keynote Presentation
Anne Longfield CBE – Executive Chair, Centre on Young Lives 
10:55 Q&A 
Session 2: Why is creating places and spaces where children and young people can ‘develop well’ so important? 
11:10 Welcome and introductions 
Riva Kapoor – Honorary Treasurer, TCPA 
11:15 Panel responses:
Dr William Bird MBE – GP, CEO Intelligent Health, Hon. Prof University of Exeter 
Tim Gill – Independent researcher and author of ‘Urban Playground: How child-friendly planning and design can save cities’ 
Dr Jenny Wood – Co-founder and Co-director, Policy and Research, A Place in Childhood 
12:00 Q&A 
12:30Lunch and networking
Session 3: What can Local Authorities do, across their roles and powers, to create environments where children and young people ‘develop well’? 
13:30 Introduction 
Gemma Hyde – Projects and Policy Manager, TCPA 
13:35 Child friendly Leeds 

Jenny Rutherford – Play Strategy Officer, Leeds City Council 
Cllr Helen Hayden – Executive Member for Children and Families and Play Champion, Leeds City Council 
Tomas Johnson – Senior Planning Officer, Leeds City Council 
14:00 Youth Engagement in the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Area 

Dr Bonnie Kwok – Principal Urban Designer & Youth Engagement Lead, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning 
Heather Jones – Deputy Director of Planning, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning 
14:20 Q&A 
14:40Tea, coffee and networking 
Session 4: How can the private sector collaborate and bring forward the voices of children and young people in development and shaping environments? 
15:05 Introduction 
Andrew Pritchard – Chair of Trustees, TCPA 
15:10 Youth voice in regeneration schemes and the Voice Opportunity Power engagement toolkit 
Dinah Bornat – Director, ZCD Architects 
15:25 Taking a child-friendly approach in new, large scale development 
Johanne Thomas – Regional Director for Communities and Partnerships, Urban and Civic 
15:40 Creating play sufficiency in rural and semi-rural Wales 
Ben Tawil – Director, Ludicology, and Mike Barclay – Director, Ludicology 
15:55 Q&A 
16:20 Closing remarks 
Gemma Hyde – Projects and Policy Manager, TCPA 


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