Corporate Parenting

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 rely on officers and Social Workers to do this work. But as a Corporate Parent, councillors must be assured that care and support are good or better.
So getting Corporate Parenting right is essential!

Our experience

Since 2017, we have been providing support to councils directly or via commissions from the Local Government Association, helping councillors to understand their role as a corporate parent and to develop the leadership role of Corporate Parenting Board.    Our Founder and CEO Su Turner is an experienced governance professional and working across Corporate Parenting and Overview and Scrutiny - helps to ensure that both are complementary but different.
Since 2021, Su's expertise has been called on to lead the development of a comprehensive programme of support for Corporate Parenting Boards for the Local Government Association, which is part of a funded contract from the Department for Education.
Su has also authored various publications with one in particular on Children in Care.

How do we help?

We support councils, councillors, and corporate parenting boards to understand how they can be effective Corporate Parents, and have built a layered approach to our support to councils (Everyone, Evolving, Enhanced, Evaluation).  Our support focuses on helping all corporate parents to understand 'how' they can carry out the role - offering practice advice and solutions.
Modules can be used sequentially to drive improvement in being the best corporate parent possible.
Our unique Evaluation support and the tool used ensures that as Corporate Parents, you reflect and learn - embedding a learning culture in your board - and continuously improving outcomes for children in care and care experienced.


Evaluation (Learning and Reflection)

Using our proven board development technique, we support the Corporate Parenting Board to undertake an annual ‘reflection’.  This supports the board to refresh its view and improvement plan, and ensure that newer board members are prepared for the role.

Organisations 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 CEO Su Turner, has supported many councils to improve their corporate parenting practice.

Whether this is 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.

"Su was instrumental in getting our ILACS (Inspection of Local Authority Services) to good"

Swindon Council

Su’s approach is participative and guides Elected Members through what good corporate parenting looks like so that they can benchmark their approach. Elected Members are key to good corporate parenting and they leave the training programme understanding their role as a Corporate Parent and practical ways in which they can carry out the role effectively."

Dr Lee-Anne Farach, Medway Council
"Thank you for speaking at our Leadership Essentials Conference, feedback for your session was positive and sparked discussion in terms of actions that Councillors are taking back to their Councils"

Local Government Association