Council promises to do better job of looking after children

Argyll and Bute Council chief executive Sally Loudon and leader Roddy McCuish with Liam Cairns and Lizzie MacLean, who spoke at Thursday's signing of a pledge for the council to be 'a good corporate parent'.
Argyll and Bute Council chief executive Sally Loudon and leader Roddy McCuish with Liam Cairns and Lizzie MacLean, who spoke at Thursday's signing of a pledge for the council to be 'a good corporate parent'.

The leader and chief executive of Argyll and Bute Council hve promised to improve the support the authority provides to looked-after children in the future.

Roddy McCuish and Sally Loudon signed a pledge on Thursday promising to be a good ‘corporate parent’ to children in the authority’s care.

A media announcement after Thursday’s event, which took place under the banner of ‘We can and will do better’, said the signing of the pledge “underpinned [the council’s] support of the ‘Who Cares? Scotland’ Anti-Stigma Campaign to improve the support provided for looked after children”.

Councillor McCuish said: “Our young people are the future of Argyll and Bute and committing to care for and support them is vital.

“With this nine point promise we aim to combat the myths associated with children and young people in care and to support children and young people in fulfilling their potential.”

‘Corporate parenting’, in case you haven’t heard the term, is the formal partnership between all local authority departments and services and associated agencies which are responsible for working together to meet the needs of looked after children and young people.

By signing Thursday’s pledge the council has promised to:

• Combat the myths associated with children and young people in care;

• Promote a positive message of the achievements of children in care;

• Help to educate communities and workforces on the reasons for children being accommodated;

• Listen to children and young people and work in partnership with them to increase opportunities for them to thrive;

• Advocate for looked after and accommodated children and young people as children first;

• Find creative ways to support children and young people, including young people leaving its care;

• Support children and young people in fulfilling their potential;

• Continue to provide high quality services;

• Support the campaign through practical and material activities.