Angus Council pledges to improve support to looked after children

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Angus Council has reaffirmed its commitment to giving looked after children and young people the best chance in life at a Corporate Parenting event.

The event, led by Who Cares? Scotland, in conjunction with Angus Council, was an opportunity for elected members and council officers to agree what should be included in a pledge to be good corporate parents to the 266 children in Angus who are growing up in care

Corporate parenting is the formal partnership needed between all local authority departments, services and partner agencies which are responsible for working together to meet the needs of looked after children.

Participants at the event heard a presentation by a 15 year old boy who shared his own experiences of growing up in care and said what he thought would make a difference.

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.

“We need to work together to make sure they can be healthy and happy, secure and confident. We believe that the launch of the pledge will make a real difference in making sure that looked after children and young people have the support and opportunities they deserve to be all that they can be.”

Duncan Dunlop, Chief Executive of Who Cares Scotland who helped lead the event, said: “Most children end up in the care system because of the action of adults in their lives. We need to listen to their side of the story and make sure we believe in these children – and not the myths about them. The sector works hard for these children, and now we need the ordinary people of Scotland to support their cause.

“Our vision for looked after children is that their care is done with them, instead of to them.”