27
March
2013
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00:00
Europe/London

Leeds children’s services get the seal of approval from young people


Young people who, themselves have experience of the care system say that Leeds children’s services meets all their standards.



Leeds City Council’s children’s services was assessed by LILAC (Leading Improvements for Looked After Children) - an organisation which is led by young people who have either been in care themselves, or other close experience of the care system, and was deemed to have met all their seven standards.



Young people from LILAC visited Leeds last month to assess the progress of children’s services in involving children and young people in improving their care. Following the visit LILAC assessed that the council have made very good progress and now fully meets all seven standards on important issues such as values, strategy, care planning, staffing and complaints



Councillor Judith Blake, executive board member responsible for children’s services said:

“We are absolutely committed to putting children and young people at the heart of everything we do. Listening to their ideas and needs is crucial to helping us achieve our aim of becoming the best city for children to grow up in. This is all the more important for children who are in our care and so I am really pleased that the young people from LILAC were impressed with our services.



“This assessment means a lot to us as LILAC is a unique organisation led by young people who have first-hand experience of the care system and so what they think matters.



“Achieving this standard is a good measure of our progress in developing a more Child Friendly city and child-centred social work service and shows our new ways of working are making a real difference to the lives of children and young people in care and foster carers.”



Achieving these standards recognises strong improvements in key areas of work for children’s services including:

• an approach to care that is centred around children and young people;

• involving children and young people in the recruitment and selection of staff;

• improving the quality of the building in some residential homes;

• improving training for staff and foster carers, and;

• a better approach to complaints and advocacy.



For further information about LILAC and their standards, please see: http://www.lilacanv.org/the-standards.html



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Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk