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Leed’s Council granted £9.6m to establish children's services 'centre of excellence'

Leeds Council has been awarded £9.6m from the Department for Education's innovation fund to set up a national centre of excellence that will focus on spreading best practice in its strongest areas of work - leadership, restorative practice, and its "front door" contact system.

It will build on pilot restorative early support teams that work with families who are facing more complex challenges, with the aim of eventually extending them to all neighbourhoods of the city.

It will also expand its restorative adolescent service which offers support and information about emotional wellbeing and mental health issues.

Leeds City Council DCS Steve Walker said the authority's success in supporting children and families was due to it having strong partnerships with schools, GPs and third sector organisations.