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HeroCFL<h1>CfL The Story<br></h1><p>​​A compassionate, economically strong and successful city has children and young people at its heart. <br> <br>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.​​​</p> <br>https://www.leeds.gov.uk/childfriendlyleeds/Lists/heroBanners/DispForm.aspx?ID=1

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.​​​

Further detail about the work of Child Friendly Leeds can be found in our Annual Reports. Email: childfriendlyleeds@leeds.gov.ukexternal link to request a copy of our latest annual report.

Our brochure contains lots of useful information about Child Friendly Leeds. Download a copy below, or e-mail: childfriendlyleeds@leeds.gov.uk external link to request a print-ready or physical copy.

The Children and Young People’s Plan (CYPP) is the shared vision for everyone working with children and young people in Leeds. All partners and practitioners are encouraged to use the plan as a focus for their work to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families and communities.


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.



Have a voiceHave a voice<div class="ExternalClass66C9B877A3074EB2B6F988D691B6A5B5 equal-item"> <p> <strong class="lead">​Leeds</strong><br>is part of a worldwide network of cities giving children and young people a stronger voice.</p></div>http://www.breezeleeds.org/HaveYourSay/Pages/default.aspx, Find out moretwo contentLink border
Investors in pupilsInvestors in pupils<div class="ExternalClassBAA56A526B76436D97FA56BD2A100B71 equal-item"> <p> <strong class="lead">Over 50</strong><br>schools have been accredited in the Investors in Pupils programme.</p></div>http://www.investorsinpupils.org.uk/, Find out moretwo contentLink border
Rights respecting schoolsRights respecting schools<div class="equal-item"><p> <strong class="lead">Several</strong><br>Leeds schools have become Rights Respecting Schools and others are working towards this goal.</p></div> <br>https://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/, Find out moretwo contentLink border


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.