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Corporate parenting - If this were my child

Corporate parenting is for all children not living at home with their family either due to a court order or voluntary agreement with their parents.

Children and young people may be living with other family members, friends, foster carers or in a children's home.

What does it mean?

Corporate parenting means Hillingdon Council will do its very best to champion the children and young people in their care and give them every opportunity to achieve their full potential.

How do we do this?

We work closely with all services both within (children's social care, housing, leisure, education) and outside (partnership agencies - health, schools, charities, voluntary organisations etc.) the council that support looked after children to ensure that we are all being the best possible parent we can be.

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

  • education
  • health and welfare
  • what they do in their leisure time and holidays
  • how they celebrate their culture
  • how they receive praise and

Every good parent listens:

We have three Children in Care Councils

  • Talkers for children aged 7- 11
  • Step Up for children and young people aged 12-15 
  • Stepping Out for young people aged 16 plus and care leavers up to 24 

Members from the Children in Care Councils attend senior meetings to represent their views and help us to shape policies and services for children in care.

Hillingdon consults with its looked after children and care leavers through a range of activities, special events and Looked after children's reviews.. Independent advocacy is provided for all children in care through the National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) for them to be supported when they feel they are not being listened to. Looked after children are also provided with Independent Visitors if it meets their needs.

Read more about NYAS here [282kb] »

Being in care

Looked after children and care leavers can find out about being in care, their rights and useful information about leaving care at the kids in care webpages

How do we ensure we are getting it right?

We have a Corporate Parenting Board consisting of elected members, senior council employees and partnership agencies which sets the priorities for children in care, monitors outcomes and scrutinises service delivery. We have a Corporate Parenting Strategy that sets out the responsibilities for all council services to work together with partner agencies to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people in care.

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