Children’s social care in Leeds to be transformed

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children and families

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children and families

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Vulnerable families in Leeds are set to benefit from a multi-million pound project aimed at transforming children’s social care services.

More than £4.8m has been secured from the Department for Education’s Innovation Programme aimed to kick-start the new ways of providing children’s social care.

The money will be used to transform the whole children’s social care system in the city.

A new scheme will be implemented to work with families to build their skills and support to help them find solutions to the challenges they face before they reach a point of crisis.

Leeds will also expand Family Group Conferences, special meetings where family members and close family friends come together to make decisions for a vulnerable child on the edge of the care, with the aim of finding appropriate alternatives to the care system.

The money will be used to extend support into work with children and young people affected by issues such as domestic violence and repeat teenage pregnancies.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children and families, said: “Building stronger families is at the heart of our ambition to make Leeds a child friendly city.

“A huge amount has already been done towards this ambition. With the innovation fund we will take this work to the next stage. Training thousands more people will give them the skills to work with families so that those families through restorative practice can find their own solutions to the challenges they face.”