Support gather for Leeds’s child friendly city bid

Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL) at the Child Friendly Leeds Awards 2014.
Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL) at the Child Friendly Leeds Awards 2014.
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A major new milestone has been achieved as Leeds bids to become the most child friendly city in the country.

More than 300 individuals have signed up to be ambassadors to help the ambitious campaign, which is being supported by the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Famous Leeds brand Marks and Spencer has become the 301st organisation to sign up to the Child Friendly Leeds scheme, which has seen businesses and organisations of all sizes commit to becoming more focused on the needs and views of children and young people.

Pledges include building stronger links with local schools; arranging for staff to become mentors to young people in care; helping to promote and support foster carers across their workforce and how to make services more child friendly.

The campaign was launched following a visit by The Queen in 2012 and the bid has gone from strength to strength.

Councillor Judith Blake, executive member responsible for children and families, said: “We are really proud of how well the child friendly ethos has been embraced by the city.

“In just two years, to have over 300 individuals pledging their support and spreading the child friendly message as ambassadors, is fantastic.

“Child friendly Leeds is a far reaching concept which is about putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do and tackling some of the most serious challenges the city faces.

“We know there is still long way to go achieve our aim to make Leeds the best city to grow up in.

“We have around 180,000 children and young people in Leeds, and each one of them must have a voice and the opportunity to be involved in decisions about their city.”

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