Liveable and child-friendly neighbourhoods for optimal child development

Project summary

Healthy early development lays the foundations, and sets the trajectories for children's ongoing physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development. Children develop in multiple contexts, including broader social and physical environments. Neighbourhoods provide important exposures and resources that can provide parents with the capacity to raise their children and promote healthy child outcomes, yet relationships between neighbourhood design (i.e., built environment) and child development needs to be quantified. Urban planning agendas recognise the need to build 'liveable' and 'child-friendly' neighbourhoods but lack the rigorous evidence base to advocate for policy change.

This project will identify key neighbourhood features, and more importantly, the combination of these features, required to give children the best start to life.

Expected outcomes

The development of built environment indicators of child liveability, and a subsequent liveability index. Results will inform policy and practice to create liveable, sustainable, and healthier communities for children.

Staff involved

Karen Villanueva

Hannah Badland

Suzanne Mavoa

Rebecca Roberts

Billie Giles-Corti