Council staff put their best foot forward for children in care

Last updated:
6 February 2018

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Council staff put their best foot forward for a 5K Fun Run and Walk to raise awareness of their role as ‘corporate parents’.

Around 90 staff, family, and friends raised more than £700 as they ran, walked, and jogged around Oaklands Park in Chichester last Thursday [15 June].

Corporate Parenting is the collective responsibility of the council, for elected members, staff, and partner agencies with the aim to provide the best possible care and outcomes for children who are looked after by the council.

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Stephen Hillier said: “I am really pleased we organised this event as West Sussex County Council has the same goals for the children it looks after as those of every good parent.

“We take seriously the moral as well as legal responsibility for enabling the children in our care to experience happy and fulfilling lives. I was proud to pull on my trainers and take part in the fun run alongside staff.”

Chichester District Council staff joined West Sussex County Council for the run.

Elaine Thomas, Community Wellbeing Manager at Chichester District Council said: “Chichester Wellbeing supports this initiative because as well as raising money for a great cause it has helped some of our staff to get more active.

“A group of WSCC and CDC staff completed a couch to 5K programme and were ready to take part. They have done really well and were looking forward to the challenge.”

Corporate Parenting takes many forms and the council has created a campaign to make sure people are aware of it. This includes:

  • Learning more and becoming an advocate for children;
  • Offering work experience (either within the council or with partners);
  • Helping to raise money for charitable causes connected with children looked after and those formerly in care.

To find out more about what the County Council is doing towards its role as a corporate parent, visit

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