Director of Public Health Annual Report 2022
A new report is published this week which shows how health partners, families and organisations in Leeds are working together to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and young people’s health and wellbeing.
The Director of Public Health (DPH) Annual Report is the first annual DPH report produced since the pandemic; entitled ‘In Our Shoes’ it weaves together a powerful story through speaking directly to children and families in Leeds, with an extensive literature review and analysis of local data and building a rich picture of ongoing health impacts.
Children were less likely to become ill with COVID-19 than adults and were not the focus of protective measures, however, the pandemic affected them profoundly and unequally.
The recommendations in the report provide a guide to what further action is needed to maximise the chances for all children in Leeds to have a fair start in life. The report was commended nationally by Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) receiving particular praise for its supporting film 'In Our Shoes'.
You can watch the film on YouTube.
Read the children and young people summary version of the Director of Public Health Annual Report online.
Read the full version of the Director of Public Health Annual Report online.
King Charles III visits Leeds to celebrate 10 years of Child Friendly Leeds
Throughout 2022, Child Friendly Leeds was focused on celebreating their tenth anniversary and reconnecting with the city after the pandemic. During that period, we shared highlights from the last ten years, updates from our improvement journey whilst continuing to champion the voices of children and young peoples. CFL has reviewed the feedback from local and city-wide consultations, surveys, and ballots over the last 3 years, capturing the views of 80,000 children and young people in the city to identify the current top issues and priorities, forming the 12 wishes for the city.
In the midst of the celebrations, we were thrilled to welcome His Majesty The King in Leeds for his first visit to the city since ascending to the throne. Leader of the Council, Councillor James Lewis states: "We're particularly pleased that as part of his visit, The King has helped us to mark 10 years of Child Friendly Leeds, an initiative which is a real success story for the city, and which has made a genuine difference to the lives of local children and young people."
King Charles III was welcomed by many colleagues, ambassadors who have all been working on making Leeds a child friendly city as well as many children and young people. One special guest was
Leeds Children's Mayor, Mason Hicks aged 10, was elected last month after campaigning on a manifesto of children's mental and physical health, promoting kindness and community spirit, and the creation of an event to bring children from different backgrounds together.
View the gallery and read more about the Royal Visit External link
Child Friendly Leeds is 10
Child Friendly Leeds was launched by Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.
Over the last 10 years, the city has embraced this ambition and we are proud of partnerships that have developed across the city between Child Friendly Leeds Ambassadors and services working with families to helping to improve outcomes for children and young people. Children and young peoples voices are at the heart of our approach and will continue to shape our priorities and plans for the years to come!
We have a special celebration page marking 10 years with events and activities, news and updates about our the winners of the Child Friendly Leeds Awards and our launch of the CFL wishes here.
Find out more about our celebrations External link
Things to do this Summer in Child Friendly Leeds
This summer we have lots of exciting activities taking place in Leeds for families.
Visit our blog to view all the events and key dates as well as links to other family friendly websites to find out everything you need to know:
Things to do this summerExternal link