Welcome to the
Child Friendly Leeds Blog

We’re working to bring everyone together to
make Leeds a child friendly city!


From July 2022 – July 2023, we marked 10 years of Child Friendly Leeds and were joined by HM King Charles!


The next Child Friendly Leeds Awards will take place in July 2024 with nominations opening from September 2023.


Capturing the views of 80,000 children and young people over three years, we refreshed the 12 wishes!

The Child Friendly Leeds Blog

Listening to the feedback of children and families across the city, the Child Friendly Leeds blog is all about sharing what’s on for children young people and families, campaigns and key messages, highlights and wonderful stories and projects and provide an ultimate guide on how we’re working on making Leeds the best city to grow up in! 

Child Friendly Christmas

Child Friendly Christmas things to do in Leeds City Centre

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Leeds is going to be bigger and better this Christmas! At this time of year our city sparkles as the streets come[…]

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Compass House Pop-up Shop

‘Equality Through Enterprise’ Students from specialist schools across Leeds are spreading festive cheer this week with the return of their Christmas pop-up shop in Kirkgate Market. ‘Compass House’ will be[…]

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Spotlight On: Group Voice and Influence at The Youth Association – The Leeds Community Ambassadors

Being involved in a youth voice group is one of the ways in which young people can share their ideas and influence change within their community. Youth voice groups support[…]

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Partnership is key in our child friendly city approach

In January 2023, HRH Princess Catherine visited Leeds to launch the Shaping Us campaign. The aim is to increase awareness of the unique importance of early childhood and how it shapes the rest of our lives. The princess also spoke to individuals involved in Child Friendly Leeds, launched by the late Queen in 2012. The Princess of Wales spoke to our ambassadors and colleagues stating; ”[Having] children and young people at the heart of the city and community here is really impressive.

Princess Catherine visiting Leeds with Sadiya Errol Tom Riordan and Child Friendly Leeds CFL City
Childrens Mayor meeting Princess Catherine Kate Middleton


Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our ambassadors say:

We have enjoyed playing our part as a CFL ambassador and are continuing to deliver fantastic success for families in Leeds, such as projects like the Leeds Jurassic Trail encompassing the Healthy Holidays scheme. We look forward to achieving more through our excellent partnership.

Martin Dickson Leeds Bid as Child Friendly Leeds
Martin Dickson

Director of Brand & Innovation,
Leeds Bid

Since becoming a Child Friendly Leeds Ambassador this year we have really valued having the support from the team and how our work at NSPCC supports the CFL wishes and wider priorities of the service. The information and connections the team have shared have been invaluable and much appreciated.

Katya from NSPCC Leeds
Katya Anfilogoff-

Hub Relationship Manager,

Being a school on the outskirts of
Leeds can sometimes mean we are disconnected from what our city has to offer. It is great we have Child Friendly Leeds that helps connect our pupils and schools together.

Mark Cahill Leeds Head
Mr Mark Cahill

Swillington Primary School

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Child Friendly Leeds is the initiative for everyone who shares this ambition, from enthusiastic individuals to large organisations, every contribution counts and we can all play our part in making a difference. 

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