CfL The Story

​​A compassionate, economically strong and successful city has children and young people at its heart.

From the influential first years of life through a child’s education to the care and love they receive growing up - these are the things that shape us and our communities.​​​

CFL the Story

Help us make something truly unique and special happen in our city: celebrating and empowering those growing up in Leeds today and building a more socially and economically successful city in the future.

​Our ambition is for Leeds to be the best city for all our children and young people to grow up in. Child Friendly Leeds is the initiative for everyone who shares this ambition, from enthusiastic individuals to large organisations, every contribution counts and we can all play our part in making a difference.


Our brochure contains lots of useful information about Child Friendly Leeds. Download a copy below, or e-mail: to request a physical copy.



Leeds’ inspiration to pursue our child friendly city ambition came partly from the Child Friendly Cities work originally done by UNICEF.

UNICEF launched the International Child Friendly Cities Initiative in 1996 in support of the UN Conven​tion on the Rights of the Child. It encouraged cities to become more liveable places for children and young people, guaranteeing their rights to essential services, and empowering them to have their voice heard and influence decisions being made that affect them.

Leeds has taken this original UNICEF idea and used it to guide our ow​n ambitions around being the best place to grow up. Unicef UK are now working with Leeds on a ‘rights-based’ approach to make sure children know about their rights, can access services when they need them and help to design, implement and evaluate services designed for them.


As well as talking about child friendly Leeds, lots of people have been writing about their experiences on our child friendly Leeds blog site. There are many different contributions showing the variety of things happening in the city.  

The blog site is a great place to read more about different ideas and initiatives to make Leeds more child friendly. The blog features the voices of young people, ambassadors, volunteers, leaders and organisations from across the city.