A Study on International Comparison and Improvement Measures for Child-friendly City Indicators for Improving Spatial Welfare of Children

Da Un Yoo, Sunjae Lee, So Hyun Park

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to draw implications for improving Korea's child-friendly city indicators by comparing child-friendly city indicators of various countries. Based on 52 detailed items in 6 areas presented by the child-friendly community self-assessment tool (CFC-SAT) developed by UNICEF, we analyzed and reclassified the indicators for child-friendly city certification in 5 countries including Korea. As a result of the analysis, it was found that the child-friendly city index differs greatly from country to country, and in particular, the Korean index has very little information on the improvement of the physical spatial environment and has limitations in not clearly presenting the criteria for the evaluation method. Accordingly, the following are the physical and spatial environment-related indicators that can be supplemented to the indicator system for the certification of a child-friendly city in Korea. First of all, indicators for securing various types of facility space for children should be supplemented, indicators for improving the quality of spatial environment, indicators for children's transportation means and accessibility, and indicators to create child-friendly community public spaces need to be added. Also important are indicators to reduce regional disparities in children's human rights, poverty, abuse and education. In the evaluation method of the indicators, it is necessary to present the actual conditions of the children's spatial environment and the goals to be achieved in more specific and clear units of measurement and analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-147
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Architectural Institute of Korea
Volume37
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021

Keywords

  • child friendly city
  • indicators
  • international comparison
  • neighborhood
  • spatial welfare

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