During National Care Leavers Week (24-31 October), the Children in Care Council led a fascinating and insightful Corporate Parenting Away Day with the council, the Local Government Association and partners to ensure they are at the forefront of the panel’s decision making. Young people planned and delivered the away day with partners.
Councillor Amanda Chadderton, Cabinet Member for Children Services at Oldham Council said: “Supporting care leavers is a key priority for the council. We want our young people to have the best possible chance to succeed and we need to be the best corporate parent we can be.”
“This is especially important when it comes to young people in care who often have a very difficult start to their lives.”
“It’s vital that we provide avenues for young people in care and care leavers to have a voice in shaping and improving our services as well as providing the support they need whilst in care and as they make a successful transition into adulthood to lead fulfilling and happy lives.”
Young people did activities based around the 6 principles from the Corporate parenting strategy, they asked various organisations how each organisation was ensuring our Looked after children are achieving/will be achieving these. The main focus was on the barriers and potential solutions for these, young people from this are able to then go to Corporate parenting panel and challenge what is being done about all the possible barriers and how we can overcome these.
Thank you to all who contributed in planning of this day and to all who attended.