New guidance from children’s charity the National Children’s Bureau aims to show how local authorities can fulfil their duties as 'corporate parents' to vulnerable children growing up in care.
‘Putting Corporate Parenting into Practice’ starts with the premise that local councils should care about children in their care, not just for them; and goes on to explain how through good practice they can offer the same standards of support as would any reasonable parent.
Helping children reach their full potential
Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson has written to all Lead Members and Directors of Children’s Services, urging them to make full use of the guidance.
"I know - from personal experience - that giving children in care the right help and guidance means they can reach their full potential," added Timpson.
"Supporting their education is one of the most important, lasting contributions local authorities can make to their lives. We need local councillors to become champions for children in care. I hope this valuable guide encourages them to do this."
Take responsibility for improving care outcomes
The guidance, produced with support from the Department of Education, is designed to help local councilors and senior officers take full responsibility for improving outcomes for children in care.
Dr Hilary Emery, Chief Executive of the National Children’s Bureau, said: "Recent high profile cases in Oxford and Rochdale have confirmed what is at stake if local authorities fail children in the care system.
"The reasons for these children needing to be looked after in the first place, such as parental abuse, neglect or abandonment, place them at considerable disadvantage and as corporate parents councils must ensure that public care is of the highest possible quality."
Read the full guidance at www.ncb.org.uk/corporateparenting