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First Corporate Parenting Week

Just a reminder that June 25th to July 1st is Corporate Parenting Week. According to the Local Government Association website "Corporate Parenting Week is an opportunity to find out more about the role of a corporate parent and to share ideas and good practice across the country".
You can find out more and keep updated during the week at the LGA website where they have made relevant resources available for download including a council resource pack containing "a range of ideas and examples of activity for the week, but also beyond".

The document contains a list of 10 ideas for Corporate Parenting Week:

  1. Get the community involved
  2. Mentoring
  3. Work experience and shadowing
  4. Celebration events
  5. Put a spotlight on education
  6. Recruiting foster carers and adopters
  7. Councillor training
  8. Ask yourself: How well are we doing?
  9. Ask looked after children and young people: How well are we doing?
  10. Sign up to the Foster Carers Charter

Other resource categories are:

  • Fostering and adoption case studies report
  • Children and young people's views and experiences of fostering and adoption services
  • Updated scrutiny guide for looked-after children
  • Children who go missing from care
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Looked-after children and offending

"Looking after other people’s children is one of the most important things councils do. It is the responsibility of all councillors, not just the lead member for children’s services and officers. However, corporate parenting should not just be about making sure the right boxes are ticked to fulfil a statutory duty."

— Councillor David Simmonds (Chair, LGA Children and Young People Board)