Issue details

Creation of an Edge of Care service for adolescents at risk of entering care

The Children and Families Directorate is proposing that a new team be established, requiring creation of additional staffing posts, to specifically work with young people and their families to prevent family / placement breakdown which would result in entry into the care system.

Adolescents make up a significant number of the current (and projected) Leeds Children Looked After (CLA) population.  It is this age group of CLA where there is the most demand and pressure on placements, often with the need to use external fostering and residential placements which tend to be high cost.

The new Edge of Care service could provide the right support to help prevent at least 30 young people entering care per annum.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Financial Impact>£500K;

Decision status: For Determination

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 17/01/2023

Decision due: Not before 15th Feb 2023 by Director of Children and Families

Lead director: Julie Longworth

Department: Children and Families

Contact: Ruth Terry, Chief Officer, Children's Social Work 07544529147 Email:

Consultation process

Consultation will take place with the relevant Executive Member, Trade Unions and existing staff who may be impacted by the proposed edge of care work. 


Executive Member for Adult and Children’s Social Care and Health Partnerships

Unison TU


Unite TU


Portfolio Holder: Executive Member Adult and Children’s Social Care and Health Partnerships


  • Report to be submitted to the Decision Maker