The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 introduced new statutory duties on a range of public bodies, including us, as ‘Corporate Parents’.
The new duties came into effect from 1 April 2015.
Corporate parenting refers to the necessary actions of public bodies to promote and support the physical, emotional, spiritual, social and cognitive development of a looked after child or care leaver, from infancy through to adulthood.
The six duties set out in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 provide a working definition of corporate parenting. Insofar as the duties are consistent with the proper exercise of our other functions, we must:
We have published a report on the implementation of the 2016-18 plan which also outlines our plan for 2018-2021. We will carefully consider which of our delivery functions engages the Corporate Parenting duties and develop actions as appropriate for the functions that are within scope. We have also published a literature review of corporate parenting research and reports.
Please contact Stuart Drummond on 0131 240 2041 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also find out more about corporate parenting on the website of the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) and Who Cares? Scotland, a charity that works with care experience young people and care leavers across Scotland.