Saleem Tariq, Deputy Director of Children’s and Families

Leeds City Council deputy director of children Sal Tariq has been named in the Queen’s New Year Honours list

The leader and Chief Executive of Leeds City Council comment on Saleem Tariq, Deputy Director of Children’s and Families, being honoured in the Queen’s New Year Honours list.

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council said:

“I’m delighted that Sal Tariq’s work putting children and young people at the centre of everything we do in Leeds has been recognised. He has made an enormous difference to the lives of countless children and their families over 24 years working at Leeds City Council, and I know there will be many people who will join us in congratulating him on this award.”

Tom Riordan, Chief Executive of Leeds City Council said:

“Well done to Sal and the other Leeds and Yorkshire recipients of New Year’s honours. It is great to see their contributions recognised and congratulations to them all. Sal has made a huge difference to social work practice in Leeds, and more recently in Kirklees, and has been a driving force behind our recent outstanding rating for Leeds children’s services.”

Prior to his appointment to the post of Deputy Director, Safeguarding, Specialist and Targeted Services, Sal was Chief Officer of Children’s Social Work Services for Leeds City Council for five years.

Sal began his social work career as a residential social worker with looked after children and young people. He has also worked with children with disabilities in a short breaks home and with adults with learning disabilities living in the community.

Sal spent time working in the private sector in London before moving to Leeds in 1992 to undertake the Diploma in Social Work. Having qualified in 1994 he worked as a Social Worker and then as a manager at all levels in the service until his appointment to the role of Chief Officer in December 2011.

Sal is committed to providing child centred services that improve the life chances and outcomes for children and their families in Leeds.