A proposal to adopt a new corporate parenting strategy, co-developed with the children we care for, and care experienced young adults, is being presented to Cabinet on Tuesday (6 Feb).

Portsmouth City Council’s Corporate Parenting Strategy sets out how the council and its partners plans to improve the outcomes for children we care for, and care experienced young people for the next few years.

Children, carers, and partner agencies were involved in developing the strategy and helped define six priorities to ensure that children who come into our care, those who we already care for and young adults who are care experienced get the right services and support they need. The six priorities are:

  • Hearing your voice – for children and young people to have their say on decisions about their lives.
  • To promote and develop relationships with the people that are important to you – ensuring children and young people have the right amount of time with family and friends and support them in repairing relationships.
  • To promote learning and employment opportunities – children and young people will have the support and opportunities to do well in school, further and higher education, training, and employment.
  • Provide a trusted, safe, and stable home for you – ensuring children and young people have a safe, comfortable, and caring home to grow up in.
  • To support your emotional and physical health and wellbeing – identify and treat the physical and mental health of children and young people.
  • Develop skills for your life ahead – supporting children and young people from the day that we start to care for them and equip them for the next stages of their lives.

Cllr Suzy Horton, Cabinet member for Children, Families and Education, said:

“We’re committed to supporting the children we care for, and care experienced young people and improving their outcomes, so we felt it was important that that they were involved in developing the strategy that will shape the future of the service.

“As corporate parents, we’re responsible for championing children and young people, as if they were our own children, so we’re pleased that their voices were heard and what they said has been incorporated into the strategy. We’ll continue to work in partnership with them and provide regular feedback, to ensure that we achieve what we have set out to improve.”