How are we doing?


We have a bold ambition in Leeds. We want to be the best city in the UK and the best city for children and young people to grow up in – a child friendly city.

Children’s services’ top three priorities are known as the Leeds ‘obsessions’. They help us to measure our progress and are a focus for all services and partners that work with children and young people across the city.

Our three obsessions are:

• to safely and appropriately reduce the number of children looked after;

• to reduce the number of young people not in education, employment and training (NEET), and

• to improve school attendance​

We regularly monitor our progress on each of these obsessions through our ‘weekly obsessions tracker’. Produced by the Children's Performance Service, the tracker can be seen below:


Weekly obsessions tracker
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Both the children looked after and NEET data show the position at the start of the week. Absence data reports academic year-to-date for 2016/17. A new NEET definition became effective in September 2016. Trend data will be available in January 2017.

Child friendly Leeds was launched in July 2012 with the aim of placing children and young people at the heart of everything that we do and help to make Leeds a compassionate city with a strong economy.

CYPP: The Leeds Children and Young People’s Plan (PDF 2.2MB) clearly sets out our priorities and the work that children’s services will undertake towards achieving our ambition.

If you’d like to help by becoming a child friendly Leeds supporter, ambassador or partner, please email childfriendlyleeds@leeds.gov.uk or complete our short application form.

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