Getting it Right for you . . . .
The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, came into effect on the 1st of April 2015. Part 9 of the 2014 Act names 24 public bodies and groups of bodies as corporate parents.
The Statutory Guidance on Corporate Parenting defines it as:
“An organisation’s performance of actions necessary to uphold the rights and safeguard the wellbeing of a looked after child or care leaver, and through which physical, emotional, spiritual, social and educational development is promoted.” (Scottish Government, 2015)
Under the act, these corporate parents have duties to deliver on to care experienced people. Overall, they have a responsibility to promote the wellbeing of care experienced people. To do so they must understand the lives of Scotland’s looked after young people and care leavers and respond to their needs as any parent should.
What are our duties towards our children and young people?
Below are the things the Scottish Government have said we need to do to promote our children and young people’s wellbeing
We have an Action Plan that spells out how we all intend to do this.
What do we mean by ‘looked after’?
Children and Young People are either Looked After at home or Looked After away from home
Where a child or young person has been to a Children’s Hearings and it is decided that an Order is required (supervised by Social Services) and that they are to stay at home, then they are said to be Looked After at Home. The Corporate Parenting Duties apply to all these children and young people.
Where a child or young person has been to a Children’s Hearings and it is decided that an Order or warrant is required (supervised by Social Services) and that they are to stay in a Children’s Home, with Foster Carers, prospective adopters, or with relatives then they are said to be Looked After away from Home.
What are we trying to do?
The Key factor in what we are trying to do is that we are all collectively working to make sure our children and young people are looked after as any other parent would look after their own children. This means assisting our children and young people to realise their potential in all areas of their lives, including making sure they are safe, healthy, active, nurtured, achieving, respected, responsible and included.
How are we doing this?
There are lots of activity already going on to achieve this and more planned in the future. We are focusing on the Corporate Parenting Plan and have made a number of promises around three age groups. These are:-
- 0-5 years
- 5-18 years
- 18-26 years
To ensure that we all keep these Promises we have an Action Plan that is being taken forward and will ensure that we are working towards securing better outcomes for our children and young people. We have worked with care experienced young people to help shape how we will ake things forward and will continue to work together.