About the Children and Families Directorate
The Children and Families Directorate are on a significant journey. Over the last 10 years we’ve come from being a failing service to being at the heart of the city’s future aspirations, to be the best city for children and young people to grow up in. In the process, we’ve become one of the leaders in our field, recognised as one of the best services nationally.
‘Child friendly Leeds’ is more than a strapline, it’s an approach that builds an embedded, sustainable culture across the city to invest in our future generations. We believe by working with our children and young people we will get the best from and for them, creating the foundation for a thriving, safe and successful city. This doesn’t shy away from the challenges we face each day. Rather it embraces and shares them. By working with people we’ve created the momentum for exciting, passionate and compassionate change.
We’re now a ‘Partner in Practice’ with the DFE, working nationally to share the lessons we’ve learnt and continue to learn. We’ve developed innovative practices around Restorative Practice that are changing how we work. We’ve built on our knowledge and are now shaping national good practice. But we’re not complacent, we know we must keep innovating, sharing, learning and listening.
In Leeds we face all the challenges you would expect in one of the UKs largest city – high levels of need, deprivation, inter-generational worklessness, pockets of underachievement in schools and significant financial pressures.
Our challenge is to continue as a national leader who supports other local authorities and share good practice whilst evolving our services, maintain our unique culture and supporting the city’s growth. We will keep driving forward on all fronts and want a new Director with the breadth and depth to meet this challenging agenda.