Local authorities are responsible for looking after children who cannot be cared for by their parents for a variety of reasons.

This can be either on a temporary or long-term basis.

We take this responsibility very seriously and have set up the 'looked after children members group' to oversee the work of what is called corporate parenting, and to protect and improve the futures of looked after children and young people.

The group is made up of councillors, with officers regularly attending meetings to provide information or answer questions. It meets quarterly and receives feedback from the young people's council, which is run by looked after young people and care leavers with the aim of ensuring that young people are consulted on matters which affect their lives and that their rights are upheld.

The councillors also inspect residential children's homes and take the opportunity to talk to the young people living there, raising any issues on their behalf.

We offer a range of support, including:

  • Services to children and young people who are looked after. This includes children's homes, fostering and adoption services and short break services for children with disabilities;
  • Support and specialist services so that, where appropriate, children can return to the care of their families; and
  • Long-term support, including leaving care services to young people.