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Corporate Parenting

As part of our mission to show Middlesbrough Children that they Matter, we revisited the Corporate Parenting strategy that underpins our services, to ensure our foundations were strong and guiding principles were co-designed with young people and adults.

A Message from Corporate Parenting Board Chair, Councillor Chris Hobson!

Click the link below to see a video from Councillor Chris Hobson speaking about what it means to be a Corporate Parent in Middlesbrough.

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Our Corporate Parenting Strategy for Children and Young People in Middlesbrough

Our Corporate Parenting strategy sets out our vision and action for supporting children & young people in our care. Our strategy is one important element of our wider Improvement Plan for our whole- system of support for children and young people in Middlesbrough. We are doing some things well, but we have a lot to do to improve our support for children and young people in our care. The views and ideas of our staff, our partners and local people are critical to ensuring we have a strong and effective strategy in place. We’re proud to say that our children and young people are making a significant contribution to making our strategy work.

Find our Strategy Here!

Corporate Parenting Consultation

It is really important that we captured the views, ideas and suggestions of the people that matter so much to us. We listened to our local people and our partners and opened our consultation in October 2020. This presentation provides a headline summary of our strategy that we shared during our consultation.

Find the Presentation Here!
Setting up

Guiding principles

We set up six working groups, one for each guiding principle. These groups included leaders within social care, frontline staff and the participation team. We showed these groups these videos and asked, ‘what key messages are young people giving us here?’ These messages were the basis of our discussion in the working groups and from this we finalised the guiding principles.

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Guiding principles

As an example of this within our ‘Family and Friends’ guiding principle working group, young people made it clear to us that friends were as important as family. They went on to tell us that they didn’t feel that friends were considered enough in ‘contact orders’. Our working group recognised this important message and committed to ensuring that in care proceedings social workers will ensure friends are considered when contact arrangements are put in place.