Corporate Parenting Plan Approved26/09/17
A corporate parenting plan for Dundee Looked After Children was approved by the children and families service committee on Monday September 25.
The plan is required under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 and is being taken forward in Dundee within the context of the wider Tayside Plan for Children and Young People.
The long term outcome of the plan is to “Ensure the wellbeing outcomes for Looked After Children, young people and care leavers match those by all children and young people in Dundee”.
Depute children and families service convener Councillor Roisin Smith explained: “We want to see better outcomes for Looked After Children and care leavers and this plan helps to set down those commitments for the next few years.
“There have been a number of legislative changes in recent years which means we have to ensure that our duties and responsibilities are carried out correctly and in the best interests of the children and young people concerned.
“We all need to be absolutely committed to this task and the plan sets out how we are ambitious for all children and young people across Dundee.
“There is no one size fits all solution to the challenges faced by Looked After Children and care leavers and we need to be aware of this at all times.
“Through this plan we want to achieve more for the looked after children of Dundee and ensure that they can develop new skills that will help them take on more opportunities as they move out of the care system.”
A detailed action plan accompanies the corporate parenting document. The committee will updated on progress in a year’s time.