Sefton Corporate Parenting Board

Corporate Parenting is the term used to describe the responsibility that all Local Authorities, and their partner agencies, have to children and young people who are in their care.

The responsibility of a corporate parent will fulfil some, or all, of the traditional parenting role and can happen on many levels from decisions about their day to day care through to decisions about where a child will live and which school they will attend.

It is the role of the Corporate Parenting Board to set the priorities for children in care and to monitor and scrutinise service delivery.

Membership includes Councillors, senior officers from Sefton's services including sport and recreation, children’s and adult's services, as well as foster carers; children and young people in care and care leavers and partner organisations in housing, education, South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group, Southport and Formby Clinical Commissioning Group, Merseyside Police and Connexions Greater Merseyside.

This strategy sets out Sefton Council’s vision and commitment and explains how we, as the Council, will be an effective and trustworthy corporate parent for any child or young person who is in our care irrespective of their age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, faith or disability.

The Sefton Pledge for Children in Care was developed by children and young people in care in Sefton and outlines what they want from the services that provide support and care for them.