Corporate Parenting Toolkit
We’ve produced a Corporate Parenting Toolkit to support those with overall responsibility for services to looked after children and care-leavers across a local authority.
The detailed toolkit covers a range of areas including an exploration of the corporate parenting role, the challenges of implementing the corporate parenting model and components of a corporate parenting strategy. It also considers the views of children and young people on corporate parents.
Putting Corporate Parenting into Practice: A handbook for councillors
For a more extensive toolkit, our publication Putting Corporate Parenting into Practice: A handbook for councillors sets out the responsibilities of a corporate parent, together with practical exercises and briefings to support effective practice.
It’s essential reading for local councillors and elected members.
Children in Care Councils: A good practice guide
Our good practice guide offers advice in the structure and running of a children in care council, using case studies and information gathered from the Taking it to the Next Level events.
Resources to use with corporate parents and young people
We’ve compiled some of the exercises, tools and templates that were used at our events, which are designed for corporate parents and young people and can be copied and or adapted for use at a local level.
We’ve also produced a short summary sheet that looks at the question: What can corporate parents do to support children in care councils?
Challenges and solutions for corporate parents
We have drawn together suggested solutions for the challenges raised by corporate parents and children in care councils at the Taking it to the Next Level events. Download the solution sheets below.
- The Challenge: Recruiting children and young people to join the children in care council and keeping everyone interested when they are involved
- The Challenge: Demands made upon the children in care council: the risk of over consultation
- The Challenge: How do we ensure that councillors understand their role as corporate parents and understand the Challenge and solution needs of looked after children and care leavers
- The Challenge: Children in care councils: engaging young children