Our Corporate Parenting Strategy and Action Plan 2016-2018 embraces the definition as laid out in the Scottish Government's Parenting Guide as:
"An organisation's performance of actions necessary to uphold the rights and safeguard the wellbeing of a looked after child or care leaver and through which physical, emotional, spiritual, social and educational development is promoted".
Corporate Parenting duties and responsibilities were expanded within Part 9 of the Children and Young People's Scotland Act 2014 and includes those children in foster care, residential care, secure care, looked after at home in compulsory supervision orders and those in formal kinship care. It also includes children with a disability who are looked after during short break provision. These individuals are among some of the most vulnerable groups in our society, with their needs often being complex, reflecting backgrounds of trauma, loss and instability.
South Lanarkshire Council provides a range of supports to these particular groups of children and young people and include:
- Support for Looked After Children at home or in Kinship Care
- Support for Looked After Children away from home - including fostering and residential care
All of the above work underpinned by effective joint working between all agencies including Social Work, Education, Housing & Technical, Elected Members, Skills Development Scotland, University of the West of Scotland, New College Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire College, the Reporter to the Children's Hearing, Police Scotland,Scottish Fire and Rescue Services, the Voluntary Sector and local communities. Through this partnership, we will work to take all actions necessary to promote and support the health and wellbeing of a child from infancy to adulthood.
In South Lanarkshire we have agreed six Core Commitments for the next two years to give clear strategic direction to all partners. You can also download a copy of our Corporate Parenting Strategy Annual Report.
Becoming better corporate parents
Good corporate parents will want the same outcomes for their looked after children as any good parent would want for their own children. They will accept responsibility for them and make their needs a priority.
To make sure Scotland's public services are the best corporate parents they can be, the Scottish Government has commissioned Who Cares? Scotland to provide training as support to elected members, health boards and other service providers.
To find out more, check out the Corporate Parenting website
- Corporate Parenting
- Core Commitments