New report highlights children’s views
The Fostering Network has welcomed a new report looking at the views of children and young people in care on “corporate parenting”.
Corporate parenting is a term used for children in care where the local authority is their legal parent. Having Corporate Parents, written by the children’s rights director Roger Morgan, explored the views of 85 children and young people in care in England.
One of the main points the children raised was that it often takes a long time for them to get permission from their local authority to do something while other children's parents make decisions quickly. They also felt that children in care get treated differently at school, although sometimes being in care has a positive effect on education as there is a lot of support.
Stability was another important issue. Those children who were moved around a lot reported how stressful this was, particularly as they were rarely given any notice of or information about moves. In contrast, those who had been able to stay in once place said how important and valuable this was.
Vicki Swain, the Fostering Network’s campaigns manager, said: “This report is really useful in setting out the views of children and young people on what happens to them in care.
“Local authorities have a duty as corporate parents to make decisions for and about these children as if they were there own. And yet we know that this is often not the case, meaning children in care feel they are being treated differently from their peers. We hope that this report helps to focus attention on the need for local authorities to look again at their corporate parenting role.”
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