When a child comes into care, the council becomes their 'Corporate Parent'. The 'Corporate Parents’ include elected members, employees, and partner agencies who are responsible for providing the best possible care and safeguarding for the children who are looked after.
Every member and employee of the council has the statutory responsibility to act for those children in the same way that a good parent would act for their own child; and to be the best parent they can be to every child.
Every good parent wants the best for their child, and hope that they will be healthy, safe, happy and will do well at school. Parents also hope that their children will have good friendships and enjoy a range of hobbies and interests; and to grow towards adulthood equipped to lead independent lives and make their way as adults in higher education, in good careers and jobs, and be financially secure.
There are seven important ways called 'principles' which the corporate parents will follow to ensure that you are looked after with the best possible care:-
- To act in the best interests, and promote the physical and mental health and well-being, of 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.
- To prepare those children and young people for adulthood and independent living.
'Corporate Parenting Group'
In Gloucestershire, there is a board of people who meet to make sure that everything is in place and everyone is doing what they should be doing to make sure you have the best possible care. This is called the Corporate Parenting Group (CPG).