Leeds SEND Youth Council

Young people working together to improve SEND services.

The Leeds SEND Youth Council is a group of fifteen young people aged 11 to 25 years old with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who live in Leeds or attend school in Leeds.

What is involved? 

  • A group of fifteen young people who serve a term year term. 
  • They meet once a month online or in person.  
  • They work on campaigns and projects they are passionate about.  
  • Different teams and services from across the city visit the group, provide information and seek their views about what is happening in Leeds for young people with SEND. 
  • There are opportunities to take part in other youth voice opportunities to influence SEND services in Leeds.

What are the benefits? 

  • Learn about and contribute to improving SEND services for young people in Leeds. 
  • Learn new skills and build new friendships. 
  • Share ideas and experiences with decision makers. 
Leeds SEND Youth Council
Leeds SEND Youth Forum

Joining the Leeds SEND Youth Council

The Leeds SEND Youth Council runs from the 1st September to 31st August, and members serve a two year term. The next recruitment to the Leeds SEND Youth Council will take place in 2025, with the new term starting on the 1st September 2025. 

We encourage all young people interested in joining the Leeds SEND Youth Council to follow Leeds Youth Voice on instagram to find out about youth voice sessions, opportunities and events. 

If you would like any further information about the Leeds SEND Youth Council email the Voice, Influence and Change team at vic@leeds.gov.uk 

Involvement and Achievements

To find out what the SEND Youth Council have been involved in click on the below links.

For more information about the SEND Youth Council email VIC@leeds.gov.uk

SEND Youth Council Campaigns

Raising awareness of disabilities and how to support young people (resource)

The SEND Youth Council have worked together to create a booklet of various journeys and challenges of young people with SEND to help you help us!

The resource is not just about knowing how you can support young people, but to understand how we might perceive and feel during these experiences.

Click here to watch an introduction to the resource from the SEND Youth Council

Click here to download the resource

For further information or any questions about the resource please email VIC@leeds.gov.uk