Council signs the pledge for children

A commitment to giving children and young people a fair chance in life has been reaffirmed by councillors.

By signing a pledge to be a ’good corporate parent’, Argyll and Bute Council says it has underpinned its support of the ‘Who Cares? Scotland’ Anti-Stigma Campaign to improve the support provided for looked after children.

The ‘We can and will do better’ event culminated in the signing of the promise by council leader Roddy McCuish and chief executive Sally Loudon.

Corporate parenting is a formal partnership needed between 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.

Cllr 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.”

The concept of corporate parenting was first introduced in Scotland through the Children (Scotland) 1995 Act to ensure that each local authority acted as a good corporate parent.

And Ms Loudon added: “Discussions were helped hugely due to some of our looked after young people attending which was a great opportunity to hear from them about what would make a difference.”