Our corporate parenting responsibilities

When a child comes into care, we become their "Corporate Parent".  Put simply, this means the collective responsibility of the council, elected members, employees, and partner agencies, for providing the best possible care and safeguarding for the children who are looked after by the council. 

A child in the care of the council looks to the whole council to be the best parent it can be to that child. Every member and employee of the council has the statutory responsibility to act for and care for that child in the same way that a good parent would act for and care for their child.

Every good parent wants the best for their child.  They want to see their child flourish with good health, to be safe and happy, to do well at school, to enjoy good relationships with their peers, make the most of leisure opportunities, hobbies and interests, and to grow towards adulthood equipped to lead independent lives and to make their way as adults in higher education, in good careers and jobs, and financially secure. 

That’s why we have the same goals for the children we look after as those of every good parent, and we take seriously the moral as well our legal responsibility for enabling the children in our care to experience happy and fulfilling lives.

Some helpful information about our Corporate Parenting role:


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