Social care

Information about social care services in Leeds.

Our children's social care teams work with families who need support. This ranges from the point of a referral being made, through to a single assessment and, where necessary, into longer term working relationships for ongoing advice, support, guidance and interventions to keep children safe.

By law, Children's Social Care has to give priority of service to children with specific categories of need including:

  • those at risk of serious harm and who may need a protection plan
  • those who are, or may need to be, looked after by Children's Social Care and are unable to remain living at home
  • those in private fostering arrangements
  • those aged 16 or over who are leaving the care of Children's Social Care or have previously left care and are eligible for Leaving Care services
  • where Children's Social Care involvement is required by the courts