The City of Wolverhampton Council's new Corporate Parenting Strategy will help to ensure that children and young people in its care have the best possible outcomes in life.

Members of the council’s Cabinet last night (Wednesday 19 January, 2022) approved the strategy for 2022-25, which sets out the steps the authority will take to be an effective and trustworthy 'corporate parent'. 

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "Children and young people in and leaving care are some of the most vulnerable in society, and it is crucial that they are supported to be safe, happy and thrive.

"Corporate parenting is the term used in law to describe our collective responsibility to care for, love and champion our children in care and our care leavers.

"It goes without saying that every good parent needs to ensure that their children are safe, ambitious and have every opportunity to reach their full potential as they grow up.

"A child who is cared for by the council has the right to expect everything from a corporate parent that would be expected from a good parent. 

“The Corporate Parenting Strategy sets out our vision and commitment to the children and young people in and leaving our care and, while it is a council document, we hope that it will be adopted by partners across the city, too."

The Corporate Parenting Strategy has been co-produced with Wolverhampton's Children in Care Council, the Care Leavers Independent Collective and the Corporate Parenting Partnership Board, and was subject to consultation in the autumn.