Looked After Children

 When a Local Authority starts to look after a child or young person, the Council has a legal responsibility to share the duties and responsibilities of the child’s parent.   Children who are looked after, care leavers and children in need of protection are not the sole responsibility of Social Services; they are the responsibility of all service areas within the Council and also each individual member.

  • Children in the public care system must be the primary focus for the resources and accountability of the Local Authority, which has accepted a parenting responsibility for them.
  • Children who are looked after by the Local Authority should be given the kind of support that decent and responsible parents would give to their own children.
  • Children in public care and other children in need (including disabled children) should be provided with a fully rounded set of support and care services, in partnership with health and education services particularly.

A Corporate Parenting Practitioners Group meets six weekly.  The group’s remit is to:

  • Promote corporate parenting.
  • Promote joined up thinking about service and policy/procedure gaps.
  • Promote good practice.
  • Consider joint protocols.
  • Consider national initiatives and training implications.

 

Meetings

 

Mon 08/09/2008 14:00

Mon 20/10/2008 14:00

Mon 08/12/2008 14:00

Mon 12/01/2009 14:00

 

Venue-The Elms, Pembroke

 

Membership

Policy Planning and Change Manager, Child Care Commissioning, Social Care and Housing –Chair

Child Care Planning Officer-Minute Taker

Cabinet Member for Children, Young People, Life Long Learning and Welsh

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing

Child Care Managers and Senior Practitioners

Independent Reviewing Officers for looked after children

Business Development Manager, Family Placement Team

Teacher for looked after children

Clinical Nurse Specialist for looked after children

Policy Planning and Change Manager, Housing Commissioning

Customer Liaison Officer, Social Care

Leisure Services Manager

Gennex Project Co-ordinator

Senior Youth Development Worker

Liz Blazey Liz Blazeyhas been Policy Planning and Change Manager for Child Care Commissioning, Social Care and Housing, since December 2004.  Prior to this she was Planning Officer for Community Care Commissioning.  As well as this recent strategic work, Liz has an operational background working for statutory and voluntary agencies with both adults and children, having previously worked as an Education Welfare Officer, a Criminal Justice Substance Misuse Project Worker and a Care Assistant in a residential home.   She has a first class honours degree in Social Policy from the Open University and is currently studying a masters level course ‘Fundamentals in Senior Management’.   Liz is a Parent Governor for Greenhill School, Tenby.

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PCC Corporate Parenting Statement

 

Pembrokeshire County Council is committed to raising the quality of life of looked after children and young people, care leavers and children in need of protection; it recognises that this is a corporate responsibility and seeks to ensure high standards of service for these children. It shares responsibility for looked after children and young people with family members, and other agencies and recognises the continuing obligation of all involved. In doing this the council:

  • Shares and celebrates their achievements and provides practical help and support in their growth to independence.
  • Consults with and responds to their views about their needs, the services available, and the opportunities to access them.
  • Encourages them to play an active part in the local community, its opportunities and activities as a whole.

 

 

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