Priorities for Enhancing Corporate Parenting in Scotland

A good corporate parent wants the best outcomes for their looked after children, accepts responsibility for them, and makes their needs a priority. This event brings together expert speakers to share their experiences of the key challenges and opportuities for corporate parenting in Scotland. We will examine how to place the children in your care at the heart of your approach to corporate parenting. 

Children's voices at the heart of corporate parenting

"For me personally, corporate parenting is about doing what any good parent should do for a child"  Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Children and Young People 

This event follows the Scottish Government’s first report on corporate parenting in 2018 that identifies a number of key strengths and challenges for corporate parenting. That report looked at the approaches to corporate parenting from across a diverse group of organisations. It found that the perception and approach to corporate parenting is just as diverse as the children and young people to whom it is directed. A key strength of corporate parenting has been local multi-agency service delivery. 

This event is your opportunity to take that collaborative working one step further – to examine good practice from across Scotland, to share experiences of the challenges you face, and to see how we can place children's voices at the heart of corporate parenting.

Join us as we ask, how can we enhance corporate parenting in Scotland? 

Why come to this event? 

  • Learn from outstanding experts involved in supporting corporate parents to improve their policies, procedues, and practice
  • Hear from passionate experts at the front-line of delivering on corporate parenting strategies
  • Your chance to question all of these great people 
  • Join the conversation in our interactive roundtable discussion 
  • Meet other people involved in corporate parenting and discuss best practice 

Who is it for? 

  • Staff who need to have an understanding of the responsibilities of corporate parenting
  • Senior staff such as the chief officer of the organisation, the chair of the board (or equivalent, such as Leader of the Council), and directors of all affected departments and services 
  • Local authority professionals in education and dhildren's service's departments 
  • Elected members
  • All other professionals interested in the challenges and opportunities of corporate parenting in Scotland 


9:45 Registration and Refreshments 

10:25 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair

Angela Haggerty, journalist 

10:30 Session 1: Meeting the Needs of Scotland’s Children and Young People

  • What care-exerpienced young people want from corporate parenting in 2019
  • Training corporate parents and the lessons learned 
  • Your objectives for enhancing corporate parenting 

10:30 The voice of care experienced young people

This talk gives space for a speaker with care experience to share what they want from corporate parenting in 2019. It is complimented with a discussion about the learnings of Who Cares? Scotland following their years of delivering training to corporate parents. 

Chloe Dobson, Training and Education Manager, Who Cares? Scotland
Carly Telford, 
Care Experienced Member and Education Support Officer, Who Cares? Scotland

11:00 Q&A 

11:10 Interactive Roundtable Discussion 

Delegates will lead the discussion to identify your key objectives for enhancing corporate parenting. This is your chance to enjoy peer learning and discussion and hear innovative approaches from different organisations.

11:40 Refreshments and Networking

12:00 Session 2: Developing Creative Corporate Parents 

12:00 A unified approach and collaborative working

A key strength of corporate parenting across Scotland is multi-agency collaborative work. SallyAnn Kelly draws on her extensive experience in children's services to explore how to build on existing collaborations to improve outcomes for all care experienced children and young people. 

SallyAnn Kelly, Chief Executive, Aberlour

12:30 Dynamic corporate parenting plans that respond to change

Lorraine Sillars, Improving Care Experiences Programme Lead, CELCIS 

13:00 Q&A

13:10 Lunch and Networking 

13:50 Session 3: Informing Practice and Innovative Approaches 

13:50 Data, information sharing, and the law

Multi-agency approaches to corporate parenting are a key strength, but this form of colloboration poses challenges. One of the key issues is how orgnisations can best share information with one another. This talk is an opportunity to learn about solutions to data-sharing across agencies to improve the experiences of corporate parenting for care experienced children and young people. 

Jenny Brotchie, Senior Policy Officer, Information Commissioner's Office 

14:20 A Youth Work Approach to Corporate Parenting

The Scottish Government has highlighted the great success of Champion's Boards. These are platforms for care experienced children and young people to make their voices heard and to input into service design and delivery.

Gary Brown, Corporate Parenting Youth Worker, Services for Young People, Perth and Kinross Council 
Breagha Kipling, Participation Officer, Perth and Kinross Council 

14:50 Colin McKerchar, Head of Innovation, Columba 1400

15:20 Q&A 

15:25 Closing Remarks from the Chair 

Angela Haggerty, journalist 

15:30 Close of Event 

*The agenda is subject to change

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees. 



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Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Reduced rate: 1 place £145 + VATpp (Voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Standard rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT per place (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary/charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Private Sector rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT per place (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635

28 March 2019

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