County councillors pledge their support to children in care
Yesterday (Wednesday 15 May) county councillors signed The Corporate Parenting Pledge to mark their commitment to children in care and care leavers in Gloucestershire.
The Corporate Parenting Pledge outlines how councillors and colleagues at the county council will work together to ensure that children who come into care have the opportunity, at every corner, to thrive.
The pledge is underpinned by seven key principles, which help to illustrate what the role of a corporate parent is, and the responsibilities which should be incorporated into their every day work of the council. These are:
- To act in the best interests, and promote the physical and mental health and wellbeing, of those children and young people
- To encourage those children and young people to express their views, wishes and feelings
- To take into account the views, wishes and feelings of those children and young people
- To help those children and young people gain access to, and make the best use of, services provided by the local authority and its relevant partners
- To promote high aspirations, and seek to secure the best outcomes, for those children and young people
- For those children and young people to be safe, and for stability in their home lives, relationships and education or work; and
- To prepare those children and young people for adulthood and independent living.
Colleagues of the council will also play their part as a corporate parent, by making sure that the county’s councillors have all the information they need to be a ‘parent’, provide opportunities for them to hear about the experiences of children in care, and celebrate the young peoples’ achievements.
Cllr Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Looked after children have the same needs as any child – to be loved, cared for and to feel safe. As councillors and employees of the council, whatever our day-to-day roles and responsibilities are, we have a duty to look out for children in our care. To do this we must be concerned about them in the same way we would our own children.
“Today’s pledge is an important step to being the best corporate parents we can be. I am truly delighted to see everyone here, making their mark, and supporting us in our duty to protect the most vulnerable children and young people in our county.”