Corporate parenting strategy and panel

Corporate parenting strategy

The corporate parenting strategy sets out our commitment to work together to improve outcomes for care experienced children and young people, and care experienced adults for whom we all have a special responsibility.

Corporate parenting panel

The purpose of the corporate parenting panel is to make sure that the council is the best parent it can be to all the children and young people who are in their care or have been in their care.

The panel also progress the seven priorities, identified by care experienced children and young people, in the corporate parenting strategy, which are:

  • We want our corporate parents, and other key leaders to understand and act on their responsibilities
  • We want to have a safe and stable home and life
  • We want to reach our potential in education
  • We want to be physically and emotionally healthy
  • We want to enjoy a range of play, sport, leisure and cultural opportunities
  • We want our voice to matter
  • When leaving care we want to live happy, healthy and financially secure lives

The corporate parenting panel meets every two months. Our children in care council, Your Voice Matters, are on the panel and they always have a time in the meeting to talk about anything that they want to raise.

The people who are on the corporate parenting panel are:

  • Cabinet member for children and families (Chair)
  • Councillors from all the parties
  • Director of children and families
  • Director of adults and communities
  • Director of economy and place
  • Chief finance officer
  • Head of service for looked after children
  • Your Voice Matters representatives supported by participation officer
  • Foster carer representatives
  • Virtual school headteacher
  • Lead nurse for children in care, Wye Valley NHS Trust
  • Designated doctor for safeguarding and looked after children
  • Community services manager, CAMHS
  • Lay member for patient experience ICB governing body