Angus Council has launched two groups which aim to give looked after children and care leavers a stronger voice in determining the way services are developed and run in Angus.
The first group is The Children and Young Person’s Consultation group, which will meet monthly. The aim of this group is to give children and young people the opportunity to meet, share experiences and identify changes they consider would help looked after children and care leavers. The group will also meet with the people who are best able to ensure that appropriate change happens. The group will be facilitated by Who Cares? Scotland.
The second new group is the Corporate Parenting Board, which will meet three times a year with members of the Children and Young Person’s Consultation group. The focus of the meetings will be issues raised by the Children’s group and to monitor the extent the commitments in the ‘Corporate Parenting Pledge’ are being fulfilled.
The group will ensure that the Corporate Parenting responsibilities held by elected members, the council and partner agencies are being adequately addressed.
Speaking at the launch, Councillor Sheena Welsh, Convener of Angus Council’s Children and Learning Committee said: “We want all of our children and young people to get the best possible start in life and as corporate parents; we have a responsibility to looked after children and young people.
“Being a good Corporate Parent means that the council will; accept responsibility for Angus’s Looked After children, young people and care leavers, make their needs a priority and seek for them the same outcomes as any good parent would want for their own children.”
Speaking about the new groups, Who Cares? Scotland Chief Executive, Duncan Dunlop added: “It is another cornerstone in ensuring Angus’ looked after young people and care leavers are understood and at the centre of their care and future care provisions.”