Refresh of Bristol Corporate Parenting Strategy and the Pledge to Children in Care and Care Leavers
In November 2015 Bristol launched the current Corporate Parenting Strategy and Pledge to Children in Care and Care Leavers. Whilst the strategy is designed for Bristol City Council and partners, the Pledge is designed for children and young people.
The strategy sets out the council's vision as an effective, caring and ambitious corporate parent with 9 objectives and 19 actions outlining how it aims to improve outcomes for children in care and leavers. Whilst there has been significant improvement in some areas, in others challenges remain.
Bristol City Council is now reviewing and refreshing this strategy to build on strengths and do more to make a difference for children in care, care leavers and their carers.
There are new challenges to meet and there have been changes of national policy and legislation, most notably the Children and Social Work Act 2017, which has enshrined Corporate Parenting Principles in law.
Bristol City Council will be reviewing the strategy with colleagues across the City and wants to hear from children and young people and respond to what they say. Over 90% of children and young people are involved in their plans and take part in their reviews. Young people can make their voices heard through the Children in Care Council and Care Leavers United group. In 2015, Bristol City Council undertook a survey of all children in care and care leavers to ascertain their views and priorities. This informed the current Pledge and strategy. 18 months on, it is time to ask again. Young people’s views matter and their views will inform the new strategy and Pledge.
The Pledge survey for Children in Care and Care Leavers is on-line and easy to complete, please encourage the children and young people you see to complete it either with you, their carer or on their own:
Quote from Ann James, Head of Service, Children in Care and Care Leavers, Bristol City Council:
“Children in Care and Care Leavers are some of the most vulnerable but also some of the most talented young people. Collectively, it is our job to ensure that children growing up in our care have the support and opportunities that any child should have. It’s time to refresh our Corporate Parenting Strategy and Pledge to Children in Care and Care Leavers, to build on the progress made since 2015 and ensure we’re able to meet new challenges and policy developments such as providing a Personal Adviser to all care leavers until the age of 25 years. Bristol is a fantastic city to grow up, live and work in, together we can make sure that children in care and care leavers have the city operating as an effective and caring family.”
Click here for a very useful Local Government Association Corporate Parenting Resource Pack..