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Children Social Work Services

We have made some significant changes to the way we deliver some services to children and their families. The changes relate specifically to:

  • Social work services delivered to children in need
  • Children subject to child protection plans
  • Children subject to care proceedings
  • Children looked after by Leeds City Council

We have made changes to the way that we group social workers together in teams. 

Some social workers will be locality based and support children and young people who live at home with their families. These social workers will work more closely with other professionals that work in the local community, for example doctors, health visitors, youth workers and teachers. We are also providing more services to support and work with children and their wider family at home. 

There will be teams of social workers who will support children and young people who are looked after in care and have foster carers or are living in children’s homes. These teams will focus on helping more children experience stability and permanence through:

  • A return to their family
  • Adoption
  • Special guardianship
  • Or independence

Social work teams in the children’s disability service remain unchanged.

How to contact us:

If you are a member of the public you can phone Children’s Social Work Services on 0113 222 4403 between 8am and 6pm. 

If you are involved with a child or family in a professional capacity phone the Duty & Advice team on 0113 3760336 between 8am and 6pm.

If your enquiry needs a response from children’s social work services outside normal office hours, please phone the Social Care Emergency Duty team on 0113 240 9536. 

If you feel that a child is immediately at risk of harm please contact the emergency services on 999. ​

Who can use the Children’s Rights Service?

Any child or young person who has involvement with Leeds Children's Social Work Services and needs advice or support - for example, if you live in a children's home, foster home, receive after care support or live at home under the supervision of social care. Other people may want to contact the service on your behalf, such as: parents, teachers, youth workers or friends. You can contact the Children’s Rights Service for free on 0800 6527212. They will listen to what you say and help you to make a complaint if you want to, or help you find an advocate.