Leeds new contract puts the focus on disabled children

Leeds is making a pact with disabled children, to put them at the heart of all future decisions which impact them.

Improving the lives of children with disabilities is at the forefront of Leeds’ decision to renew its commitment to a nationwide charter.

The city’s leading councillor responsible for children’s services, Judith Blake, signed a renewed Every Disabled Child Matters (EDCM) charter on behalf of the council earlier this month.

The Every Disabled Child Matters campaign is run by four of the leading organisations working with disabled children and their families - Contact a Family, the Council for Disabled Children, Mencap and the Special Education Consortium. Its aim is to ensure every local authority makes a clear commitment to improve services for, and to be held accountable by, disabled children and their families.

The charters are a set of commitments that local authorities can sign up to show that disabled children are a priority in their area. Leeds City Council was one of the 99 local authorities to demonstrate its commitment to local disabled children and their families by signing EDCM’s original LA Charter in 2008. The EDCM have now drawn up a new charter, including new commitments which Leeds City Council has signed up to today.

The council will now carry out an audit using the new charter commitments and an action plan will be developed and monitored to ensure full compliance within twelve months.

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

“We want Leeds to be the best city for all children to grow up in, regardless of their abilities, so we are making this pact especially with disabled children and their families to say their wants and needs will be at the heart of everything we do.

“By signing up to this charter we can make sure the services we provide for disabled children and their families meet the standards they expect and deserve.

“We are committed to creating opportunities for children with disabilities and making our city as accessible and welcoming as possible for everyone.”


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