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Complaints to children’s services

Children’s services includes social care, education, early years and youth services.

It does not include complaints about schools.​ Information can be found on these types of complaints in the related pages section of this page.

Sometimes we don’t get things right first time or you might feel that we could have given you a better service.

If you are not happy with the care that you or someone else is receiving it is your right to complain.  Please let us know as this gives us the opportunity to make changes and to try and put things right.  We will always take your complaint seriously.

Leeds children’s services are committed to resolving complaints with you. This means that the manager looking into your complaint will want to meet with you to hear what you have to say and try to resolve your concerns quickly.

How to complain about children’s services

Please note: If your complaint is about suspected abuse or about health services you have received in a hospital, for example, then please refer to the Other types of complaint section of this page.

1. Talk to the staff who provide the service you are not happy with

First of all, if you feel comfortable doing so, you should tell the people providing the service about your concerns so they have a chance to put things right. For example, if you have a complaint about services at a residential care home then speak to the care home manager or supervisor if you can.

2. Write to children's services’ customer relations service

Ring customer relations on 0113 378 5111.

Or write us at:

PO Box 837
Customer relations

3. Complain by e-mail

You can send us your complaint via email.

Or, if you prefer, you can fill in the complaints form on the last page of the Children and Young People’s Complaints leaflet, available from the documents section, and post it back.

If you need help making a children’s services complaint

Do you feel worried or confused about making a complaint? There are people who can help.

  • You can ask a relative, friend or carer to help you make a complaint, or make a complaint on your behalf.

  • All children and young people are entitled to advocacy support that is independent and confidential.  You can speak to Leeds Children’s Rights Service on 0113 239 5589.

  • If you have a learning disability, speak to Leeds Advocacy on 0113 244 0606. They will listen to you and tell customer relations why you are not happy. They will treat your enquiry in confidence and take your concerns seriously

More information about making a complaint

Further important details about making a complaint are available in the leaflets available from the documents section of this page, including:

  • A guide for young people and adults on giving feedback to children’s services

  • A guide for children on giving feedback about children’s services

Leaflets can be made available in different formats for people with visual impairments and learning difficulties. We can also provide an interpreter to help you understand the complaints process if English is not your first language. Tel: 0113 3785111.

Other types of complaint

If your complaint is not about the social care services you or someone else is receiving, you will need to make your complaint in a different way.

  • Complaints relating to abuse or mistreatment - if urgent action is needed, or a crime has been committed, contact the police on 999. Otherwise, call our contact centre on 0113 222 4401 (adults) or 0113 222 4403 (children and young people). For further information, read our pages on adult protection or child protection.

  • Complaints about other council services - if you have a complaint about another council service, visit the council’s general complaints procedure page which is listed in related pages section.

Click to expandWho can complain?

A child or young person, or the parent or carer of a child or young person who:

is looked after by the local authority;
is not looked after but is in need;
has a special guardian order;
is or may be adopted or;
is leaving care.

Other people who can complain are:

local authority foster carers;
special guardians;
anyone who has applied for an assessment;
anyone who wants to adopt a child;
anyone else under the arrangement for the provision of adoption services;
adopted people, their parents, natural parents and former guardians; and
anyone else we think has enough interest in a child’s welfare for us to consider their complaint.​

Click to expandWhat can I complain about?

A decision you’re not happy with.
Service you’ve received that you don’t think was right or good enough.
Having to wait for a decision to get services you need.
How much and how often you get services, any changes to them and the amount they cost.
How our staff treat you and behave.
Our decision on whether you meet the criteria to have a service or not.
How our policies affect you.
Our assessment, care management and review processes.
If there is anything else not on the list you would like to complain about, contact us and we will tell you whether you can make a complaint or not.

We do not have to consider complaints or representations if you have waited over a year before you tell us, but we can if we think it is worthwhile.

We can also decide not to accept a complaint if we feel it may affect any of the following:

court proceedings
disciplinary proceedings; or
court orders.

Click to expandWhat should I do if I am concerned about a child?

If you have a concern about a child or family living in Leeds, please contact children and young people’s social care contact centre on 0113 376 0336 (office hours) or 0113 240 9536 (out of office hours).

Click to expandWhere can I find the full list of frequently asked questions?

The full list of FAQs can be found under the Downloads tab.

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