Last week the Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) team joined Leeds
City Council for their 'Preparing for Adulthood: Co-producing the
Leeds vision' event. The event welcomed approximately
200 young people, families and practitioners across a range of
agencies including education, health, housing, employment and
voluntary and community sector. Prior to the event Leeds City
Council sought the views of young people by asking them to complete
a survey about their experience of transition to adulthood, the
results of this survey were shared in packs at the event and acted
as a starting point for the day.
The event was opened by Tom Riordan, the
Chief Executive of Leeds City Council and Councillor
Yeadon, the Lead Member for Children and Families
and Deputy Leader of the Council. The day was facilitated by Linda
Jordan from the Preparing for Adulthood team.
During the day young people shared their dreams and aspirations,
which included a thought provoking film with quotes from parents.
The film, made by the West Specialist Inclusive Learning
Centre, emphasised the importance of including young people
with the most complex needs into their vision. Thoughts were shared
on how Leeds can enable disabled children and those with SEN to
reach their individual full potential and these were captured in
the graphics from the day.
By the end of the day a vision and strategy had been co-produced
with young people, families and professionals which will enable
Leeds to progress to the next step in achieving the vision of their
'Child Friendly Leeds' strategy. The day saw a genuine commitment
to co-production and partnership working by everyone in the