Working for Children and Families

We have an ambition 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.

Achieving this ambition depends on our people – the children and families workforce. They work everyday to make a positive difference to the lives of the 189,000 children and young people who live in Leeds.

Our workforce is our greatest asset. We have a strong and clear commitment to invest in them by supporting their learning and development. We want to make sure that each person working with a child or young person is doing so to the very best of their abilities.

What we do

In October 2018, Ofsted inspected the services that the council provides for children in need of help and protection, children in care and care leavers. They rated these services as ‘Outstanding’ overall and ‘Good’ for the experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers.

You can read the Ofsted reportExternal link and watch a short filmExternal link featuring some of our children and young people sharing comments from the report.

Leeds was rated by Ofsted as ‘inadequate’ in 2010 and has been on an impressive eight year improvement journey since that time. This was built around a clear vision for Leeds to be a child friendly city, with three behaviours guiding everything that we do:

  • listen to the voices of children and young people
  • work with families
  • positively challenge ourselves and each other on whether we are making a difference

Leeds now shares its learning and expertise with other local authorities as a national ‘partner in practice’. The city is proud to share its success of working restoratively with children and families to help raise standards and improve practice within children’s social care nationwide.

Our One minute guides provide a useful library of information about the work we do and how we do it.​


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