The term ‘Corporate Parent’ isn’t particularly warm, is it? But it does stand for the very positive idea that Nottingham City Council should have the same hopes, wishes and aspirations for you as we would for our own children. We want you to have access to the same opportunities and chances that any other child or young person would. You have the same potential as those who are not care experienced.
That all sounds very nice but what does it actually mean?
It means that we have a set of principles to frame our relationship with you – principles we return to time and again to ensure that we are doing our very best as in providing your care.
These principles are:
- To act in your best interests, and promote the physical and mental health and well-being, of all care leavers.
- To encourage every care leaver to express their views, wishes and feelings.
- To take into account the views, wishes and feelings of every care leaver.
- To help care leavers gain access to, and make the best use of, services provided by the local authority and its relevant partners.
- To promote high aspirations, and seek to secure the best outcomes, for care leavers.
- For care leavers to be safe, with stability in their home lives, relationships and education or work.
- To prepare care leavers for adulthood and independent living.