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Anna Fowlie Head of Corporate Parenting Care and Justice Division Children, Young People and Social Care Directorate
Building a stronger corporate family
What does it mean to be a parent? What is different for the corporate parent?
Corporate Parenting The formal and local partnerships needed between all local authority departments and services, and associated agencies, who are responsible for working together to meet the needs of looked after children and young people. (We can and Must Do Better, Scottish Executive, 2007)
Parenting Physical care Affection Positive Regard Emotional security Setting boundaries Allowing room to develop Helping develop skills Helping cognitive development Facilitating social activity (David Quinton, 2004)
Parenting Good parenting therefore involves a mixture of: –Tasks; –Behaviours; and –The ability to handle relationships Good corporate parenting is the same, but some of the tasks, behaviours and relationships are different.
Corporate Parenting Risk Consistency Stability Belief Basics Education Health and well-being Preparing for independence
What do young people need from carers? Carers should care for you, perhaps even love you, treat you fairly, listen to you, do things with you, offer advice and, perhaps, although there is less agreement here, provide rules and control. At older ages, at least, they should relax the rules, negotiate and listen to the teenagers’ side of the story. These basic provisions would be supported by adequate material goods, a room of your own, holidays and activities and encouragement of your interests. (Sinclair, Baker et al, 2005)
Parenting Parenthood depends on personal, comprehensive and continuing commitment to children, reinforced by mutual emotional attachments between children and parents Commitment Attachment Support Unconditional love
Corporate Parenting Challenges How to be partisan on behalf of your child How to offer unqualified support in times of need and uncertainty Can you be a good parent if you’re not a real parent? Choices Fragmentation Enduring support
Corporate Parenting Leaving Home Average age 24 Not usually forever the first time Financial, practical and emotional support Often into shared accommodation Usually a choice related to further education, work or a relationship Leaving Care 16 – 19 Usually forever Pathways planning and throughcare service Often into sole tenancy Usually no choice, no positive context
A Lifelong Commitment? The legacy of a “good” family Enduring, though changing, relationship between parent and child Organic process through accommodation Building long-term relationships Parenting Health Unlikely to be involved in criminal justice system The legacy of being in care Unlikely to have long term contact Sustaining tenancies Difficulty making and sustaining relationships Lack of role models, so difficult to be a parent Poor health Likely to be in prison or offending