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Designing with Children and Young People

This page contains all you need to know for our in-person event, Designing with Children and Young People, which took place on 27 April.

Event video: Catch up on the highlights of the day

Welcome to our event! On this page you’ll find all the information about the agenda, speakers, and resources. Simply click on the headings below or scroll through to see the relevant section.


See below for the agenda.

🎟️ 9:30 – 10:00 – Check in and Arrival

Collect your badge and enjoy breakfast bites, teas, and coffees.

🎤 10:00 – 11:00 – Welcome and keynote

Room: Proclaim

Why does creating for and with young people matter? Karen McGregor, Director of Sustrans Scotland, opens the day with welcoming remarks. Afterwards, hear from colleagues in Orkney Islands Council discuss the creation of the intergenerational Papdale Park.

Presented by: Garry Burton (Ornney Islands Council), Michael Harvey (Sustrans embedded officer at Orkney Islands Council), and Liz Leech (HarrisonStevens)

11:00 – 11:15 – Coffee Break
💡 11:15 – 12:35 – Spotlight Sessions

In this morning block, you’ll have the opportunity to attend two case studies. The sticker on your badge lets you know which room to go to first. There is a 10 minute comfort break in between sessions.

Connecting Woodside – Garscube Road
Room: Proclaim
🚲Bike Group – 11:15-11:50
👟Walking Group – 12:00-12:35

Connecting Woodside is an ambitious area-based project forming a key component of Glasgow’s proposed city-wide cycle network. Glasgow City Council have recently completed Phase 1 of the project, a 1km bi-directional, segregated cycle route on the A81, Garscube Road. The Council, through a number of community engagement events and focus groups undertaken with disability groups, developed a fully inclusive design that prioritised those walking and cycling.

Presented by: Aidan O’Meara, Assistant Group Manager, Glasgow City Council and Malcolm Hall, Engineering Officer, Glasgow City Council

Engagement Techniques in Kilbarchan Pocket Place
Room: Aspire

👟Walking Group – 11:15-11:50
🚲Bike Group – 12:00-12:35

Activate your senses and let a charming pig on a scooter bring a smile to your day. Join us to hear about how between June 2019 and June 2020, we co-designed and trialled changes to the street outside a school in Renfrewshire. The project aimed to encourage walking and wheeling through the creation of a safer and more pleasant urban environment.

Presented by: Christina Eley, Delivery Coordinator, Education and Young People

🍽️ 12:35 – 13:20 – LUNCH
💡 13:20 – 16:00 – Afternoon Workshops

Apply this morning’s learnings and take a deep dive into the Designing with Children and Young People toolkit. You will stay in the same groups as this morning (check your sticker).

How to apply child-friendly design in School Streets

Room: Proclaim
🚲Bike Group -13:20 – 14:35
👟Walking Group – 14:45 – 16:00

Let’s put the 12 dimensions of child-friendly design into action! Facilitated by the Sustrans design team, this workshop invites participants to think like a designer and consider the needs of a school street from a child’s perspective. Using the dimensions of child-friendly design from the toolkit, you will apply these to a real-life scenario.

Presented by: Paul Ruffles, Principal Urban Designer, Sustrans and Leti Valle, Urban Designer, Sustrans

Codesigning places with Children and Young People: Why, How and When?

Room: Aspire
👟Walking Group: 13:20 – 14:35
🚲Bike Group: 14:45 – 16:00

The goal for this session is for you to gain a sense of what good engagement in place-based projects looks like from the perspective of children and young people. We will work with you to reflect upon:

  • Why engagement with children and young people is important;
  • Why different ages and settings require different approaches;
  • What ‘good’ looks like in your own and others practice, and how to measure success;
  • How to align the Places for Everyone toolkit with the process and outcomes of engagement; and
  • Fears and prejudices towards meaningful engagement of children and young people, and strategies to overcome them.

Presented by: A Place in Childhood; Dr. Jamie Hamilton and Dr. Jenny Wood

🌇 16:00 – Closing and Final Remarks

Reflect on the day’s learnings and share your takeaways from the day. Guests are welcome to stay back for some post-event networking.

Speaker Bios

Read all about today’s speakers in our compiled list of speaker bios:


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