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Corporate parenting - If this were my child

Corporate parenting is the term used to describe the responsibility the council has to looked after children and care leavers

Corporate parenting principles

There are seven principles that Hillingdon must have regard to when looking after children in care, these are:

  1. to act in the best interests, and promote the physical and mental health and well-being, of those children and young people

  2. to encourage those children and young people to express their views, wishes and feelings

  3. to take into account the views, wishes and feelings of those children and young people

  4. to help those children and young people gain access to, and make the best use of, services provided by the local authority and its relevant partners

  5. to promote high aspirations, and seek to secure the best outcomes, for those children and young people

  6. for those children and young people to be safe, and for stability in their home lives, relationships and education or work; and

  7. to prepare those children and young people for adulthood and independent living

How do we do this?

The corporate parenting principles are relevant for not just children's social care, but all services across the council. We also work closely with partnership agencies, such as health, schools, police, charities and voluntary organisations.

We actively safeguard and promote the life chances of the children and young people we look after and take responsibility for:

  • where they live

  • their education

  • their health and welfare

  • what they do in their leisure time and holidays

  • how they celebrate their culture

  • we celebrate their achievements in the annual Kids in Care Awards.

How do we ensure we are getting it right?

Senior managers in the council meet with young people regularly to obtain their views about how we are doing, and what needs to change. We also have three children in care councils that help us shape policies and services. We consult with children and young people at special events and in a variety of ways including

Young people in care and care leavers have access to independent advocacy through NYAS who will help them get the views across or make a complaint.

Being in care

Looked after children and care leavers can find out more about being in care, their rights and useful information at the Kids in Care webpages.

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