What's it about?

Corporate parents are organisations who have a responsibility for children and young people

Corporate parents – what’s it about?

Corporate parents are organisations who have a legal responsibility for children and young people under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.

By law, corporate parents have special responsibilities they must carry out, and a moral duty to provide the best possible support and care they can to the children and young people they are involved with.

What is a corporate parent?

Corporate parenting is the shared responsibility and partnership of public bodies in meeting the needs of looked-after and care experienced children and young people.

By law, corporate parents have special responsibilities they must carry out, and a moral duty to provide the best possible support and care they can to the children and young people they are involved with.

Who are my corporate parents in the Children’s Hearings System?

The Children and Young People Act (Scotland) 2014 names 24 public bodies as corporate parents. Within the Children’s Hearings System the corporate parents are:

Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA)
Principal Reporter of SCRA
Children’s Hearings Scotland (CHS)
National Convener of Children’s Hearings Scotland
Scottish Government
Police Scotland
Local Authorities
Social Work Scotland
Education Scotland
NHS Scotland
Scottish Legal Aid Board
Disclosure Scotland
Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People

Your needs

Corporate parenting is about listening to your needs, fears and wishes and being proactive and determined in our efforts to support and involve you.

Working together 

The Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 places a duty on corporate parents to work together. That’s why Children’s Hearings Scotland and the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration are working together to fulfil our corporate parenting duties and make things better for you!

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