Looking after and protecting children and young people is one of the most important jobs that councils do.
When a child, for whatever reason, can’t safely stay at home, it is up to the local authority to step in and give them the care, support and stability that they deserve.
The Government says that: “… every councillor, every Director of Children’s Services, every social worker or teacher should demand no less for children in care than they would for their own children”. This is what is meant by 'corporate parent'.
Being a corporate parent means doing everything we can for every child in the council’s care – and every care leaver – to give them the opportunities that other children get.
The vision of the Children Looked After and Care Leavers Strategy 2021-2023 is to ensure that every child in care and care leaver is valued, listened to and supported to be aspirational and achieve their full potential.
The four priorities of the strategy are:
- Emotional and physical health and wellbeing: To make sure you are happy and healthy all the way through your childhood and into adult life.
- Independence and transition to adulthood: Focusing on helping you learn ‘life skills’ from an early age and getting everything in place so you can be supported if you need it after you turn 18.
- Sufficiency: Making sure there are enough people to look after you in suitable homes whether this is in the short term or long term.
- Education and employment: Ensuring that you do well and have the right support in school and have great opportunities to access employment.
We would love to hear your feedback on these priorities.
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