Council to hold first ever corporate parenting week
PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 October 2018
Bexley council will be holding the borough's first ever Corporate Parenting Week from October 1 -5.
The aim of the week is to raise awareness about what it means to be a corporate parent, a term which refers to an organisation or person in power who has responsibilities to care for looked after children and young people, including those in foster care or those in kinship care.
As corporate parents, it is the collective responsibility of the local authority and partner agencies to provide the best possible care and protection for children who are looked after and when they become young adults leaving the council’s care.
Throughout the week, children’s services teams will be seeking pledges of support from all staff asking them to describe what they could offer local young people as a good corporate parents.
Cabinet member for children’s services, cllr Philip Read, said: “Our responsibility as corporate parents is one of the most important councillors and staff have for both children in our care and the young adults who are leaving our care.
“We hope the week will inspire, motivate and empower colleagues, staff and partners and serve as a reminder to hold our children and young people at the forefront of our minds, remembering always to walk in their shoes and go that extra mile.”
Jacky Tiotto, Bexley’s director of children’s services, added: “We must think of our own children and families when we think of our looked after children and young adults leaving care.
“We must honestly ask always whether our help, support and relationships are as good as those we would expect for our own children.
“I hope this week is a serious success resulting in a stronger support network for all our young people as well as a lot of fun activities.”
Bexley’s young children’s director Shannon Lidbury said: “We want Bexley to be one of the best places for all our children and young people to grow up - and we want them to have the best possible start in life.
“Children and young people who are not able to live with their families, whether for long or short periods, or sometimes permanently, face more challenges than most.”