Best ways to implement corporate parenting duties

Date: 7th April 2016
Category: General measures of implementation, General principles
Author: Centre for Excellence for Looked after Children

CELCIS have recently published a series of corporate parenting resources, marking one year since the official enactment of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.


Spotlight on corporate parenting: what's it all about?

Part 9 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014 outlines a range of duties for corporate parents across Scotland. These duties aim to ensure the attention and resources of corporate parents are focused on the task of safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of Scotland's looked after children and care leavers.

The duties came into effect on 1 April 2015. This means corporate parents should listen to the needs, fears and wishes of children and young people, and be proactive and determined in their collective efforts to address these.

CELCIS have created a page of briefings and guidance to explain statutory duties, and some essential reading to find out more about the idea of corporate parenting.


Implementing corporate parenting duties

The range of different corporate parents named in schedule 4 of the Act means that implementing the corporate parenting duties will look quite different from one corporate parent to the next.

CELCIS have produced a series of implementation notes to support the implementation of Part 9 of the Act. These papers provide advice, ideas and general good practice in order to help fulfil and implement the duties.


Blog on corporate parenting

CELCIS team member Lizzie Morton has written a new blog, to outline how corporate parents are taking ownership of their role.

If you have any questions about these CELCIS resources, you can reach them on 0141 444 8500 or email