What is Corporate Parenting?
Sometimes a child or young person will need to come into the care of the local authority. This means that the local authority will take on the parental responsibility for this child or young person.
If the child does come into our care, then every individual who works for us (or with us) becomes their corporate parent and has a shared responsibility for that child. As corporate parents we support our children in care. We are well placed to help them develop the necessary life-skills and experience to build their confidence.
It is our duty to ensure that these young people thrive and prosper during their time in care and into adulthood.
Who are corporate parents, and what are their responsibilities?
Everybody working with or representing the interests of children and young people in care is a corporate parent, and should be aware of their responsibilities.
Corporate parenting responsibilities are not limited to the Children’s Social Work Service; all local authority staff, elected members and relevant partner agencies share this duty.