In which legislation would I find Corporate Parenting?

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, came into effect on the 1st of April 2015. Part 9 relates to Corporate Parenting.

How many Corporate Parents are there?

The act names 24 public bodies and groups of bodies as Corporate Parents.

What is expected of me as a Corporate Parent?

The Statutory Guidance on Corporate Parenting defines it 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.” (Scottish Government, 2015)

Under the act, these Corporate Parents have duties to deliver on to care experienced people. Overall, they have a responsibility to promote the wellbeing of Care Experienced people. To do so they must understand the lives of Scotland’s looked after young people and care leavers and respond to their needs as any parent should.

Where did the idea of Corporate Parenting come from?

Originating in the late 1990s, the concept of Corporate Parenting has actively informed Scottish Government policy since its 2007 report, Looked After Children and Young People: We Can and Must Do Better’.

What are the aims of Who Cares? Scotland in their work with Corporate Parents? 

At Who Cares? Scotland, we support Care Experienced young people to share what they feel and to understand what is happening in their lives. We do this through listening to what they say and then in communicating and connecting with them meaningfully. We also enable them to connect with their peers and their Corporate Parents. This helps Corporate Parents understand more about the care journeys of Care Experienced young people and the significance of their Corporate Parenting duties to them. The Care Experienced voice shapes everything we do, from policy responses to campaigns and face-to-face training sessions. Our aim is to engage all key professionals and decision makers in improving outcomes for and the lives of care experienced children and young people.

What is meant by wellbeing?

Section 96 of the 2014 Act lists eight basic requirements of children and young people which help them to develop and reach their full potential. These requirements lie at the heart of ‘Getting It Right For Every Child’ (GIRFEC), the Scottish Government’s national approach to improving outcomes for children and young people. These requirements dictate that a child should be:

 

  • Safe
    be protected from abuse, neglect or harm
  • Healthy
    experience the highest standards of physical and mental health, and supported to make healthy, safe choices
  • Safe
    be protected from abuse, neglect or harm
  • Included
    receive help and guidance to overcome social, educational, physical and economic inequalities; be accepted as full members of the communities in which they live and learn
  • Responsible
    take an active role within their schools and communities
  • Achieving
    receive support and guidance in their learning – boosting their skills, confidence and self-esteem
  • Nurtured
    have a nurturing and stimulating place to live and grow
  • Active
    have opportunities to take part in a wide range of activities – helping them to build a fulfilling and happy future
  • Respected
    be given a voice and be involved in the decisions that affect their wellbeing