PRACTICAL CORPORATE PARENTING
"Su was instrumental in getting our ILACS
(Inspection of Local Authority Services) to good"
What is a Corporate Parent?
When a child goes into care, the Council becomes the Corporate Parent. This means taking collective responsibility (council, councillors, employees, and partner agencies) for providing the best possible care and safeguarding for the children who are looked after by the council.
Being a Corporate Parent has to be one of the most important roles for an elected councillor.
Why is Corporate Parenting Important?
Every good parent wants the best for their child, wanting them to be: Happy, Healthy, Safe, Supported, Encouraged, and Inspired. A good Corporate Parent ensures that this is provided; takes an interest in their lives, and champions and influences others to do the same.
The trouble is that councillors don’t deliver care or services directly; instead, they instead rely on officers and Social Workers to do this work. But as a Corporate Parent, councillors need to be assured that care and support is good or better.
So getting Corporate Parenting right is essential.
How we help?
We support councils, councillors, and corporate parenting boards to understand how they can be an effective Corporate Parent. Our focus is on helping them to navigate the role and how this can be applied to the many 'hats' that a councillor wears in public office; helping to identify the practical actions they can take.
We have devised a Practical Corporate Parenting Programme that works with all councillors, whether they are a member of the Executive, the Corporate Parenting Board, or a Ward Councillor. Our approach helps councillors to be curious about services and outcomes for children in care, by asking - is it good enough for my child?
We offer three levels of support to Boards:
Annual Induction & refresher training - helping all councillors to navigate their role, and how to be a good corporate parent and evidence it;
Foundation level plus
Leadership development for the Corporate Parenting Boards - supporting boards to improve leadership, impact, and how they champion the needs and embed the voice of children in care in their work;
Foundation and Evolving plus
Annual self-reflection & benchmarking - helping corporate parenting boards to continually improve against 9 key issues, with our unique Shaping Governance.
Who we have worked with
We are a leading governance improvement organisation, and have worked with many councils and the Local Government Association to help councils to understand their responsibilities as corporate parents and how they can discharge these effectively. Our Founder and Director Su Turner, has supported many councils to improve their corporate parenting practice. Whether this be a County Council, District Council or partnership - helping people to navigate 'how' they can be effective corporate parents has been a key factor of our support.