About Sharjah Child Friendly Office

The Sharjah Child Friendly Office (SCFO), is improving the lives of children and young people in the emirate and prioritising their unique needs through the lens of a child-rights-based framework to promote children’s wellbeing.

 

As a subsidiary of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA), SCFO was established in 2016 under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and his wife, Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of SCFA.  The entity collaborates and partners with local and international entities to design and implement targeted strategies aimed at ensuring that the rights of children and youth of all ages and nationalities – including children of special needs  – are met, and to promote and sustain the emirate as a child, youth, and family-friendly city.

 

 

Bolstering Sharjah’s position as a pioneer in providing support, care, and quality services to children of all ages, SCFO prioritises the wellbeing and development of children and upholds their rights in accordance with the highest international standards and guidelines.

 

The emirate of Sharjah’s pioneering efforts and accomplishments in recognising and prioritising children’s rights led to its being conferred with a prestigious accolade from UNICEF, making it the first city in the Middle East to become a Child Friendly City (CFC), and the first in the world to win the title after successfully meeting the new international requirements and criteria launched by UNICEF in 2018.

 

Adapting UNICEF‘s global Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) model, SCFO has since accelerated Sharjah’s integrated child-friendly approach to all services provided for children and youth as it builds on Sharjah’s vision to be a leading global model for child-friendly cities.

 

SCFO is today the official body tasked with granting ‘Child Friendly’ and ‘Family Friendly’ accreditations to relevant entities in Sharjah and the UAE, and works with national and international organisations to implement accreditation programmes to further promote children’s rights.

 

Sharjah’s vision of developing comprehensive, child-centric ecosystems is today creating secure and stimulating environments for children to hone their skills, nurture their talents and capabilities, and realise their full potential.




Our Vision

Sharjah as a leading global model for the
child-friendly cities.

Our Mission

Promoting and sustaining Sharjah as the first Child Friendly City in the region.

  • Children & Youth
  • Families
  • Community
  • Institutions

Our Values

  • SCFO
    Excellence
  • SCFO
    Transparency
  • SCFO
    Community Partnership
  • SCFO
    Innovation
  • SCFO
    Containment & Inclusivity

our goals

Main Goals

Promotion of Sharjah as the first Child Friendly City

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Releasing Child Friendly standards and best practices

 

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International visibility

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Methodological goals

Quality management with ISO certification to maintain standards of the office.

Ensure continuous monitoring and coordination on the performance indicators.

Support and sustain projects that target children and youth.

Our
Achievement

2015
2015

December
Sharjah achieved the first Baby-Friendly City title in 2015

2018
2018

May
Sharjah emirate recognized by UNICEF as a Child-Friendly City.

2019
2019

October
Sharjah won UNICEF’s “Child Friendly Cities Initiative’ Inspire award globally.

2019
2019

November
Guiness World Records in the category “Most people in a photo cutout board picture” which themed child rights.

2020
2020

February
Certification on ISO 9001:2015 for Quality Management System and ISO 26000:2010 for Guidance on Social Responsibility.

2021
2021

October
‘Sharjah Principles for Child-Friendly Urban Planning’ unveiled in Expo 2020 Dubai.

2021
2021

November
Sharjah wins UNICEF Inspire Award for the second time.

2021
2021

December
SCFO launches innovative child rights-based approach to education at Expo 2020 Dubai

Our Team

Dr Hessa Al Ghazal

Executive Director of Sharjah Child Friendly Office

Laila Nasser

Corporate & Projects Communication Specialist

Samya Al Mandoos

Corporate & Projects Marketing Specialist

Suaad Al Marzooqi

Child Rights Specialist

Dayana Pillai

Corporate Excellence Specialist

Ammar Al Raeesi

Logistics Coordinator

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