Corporate Parenting is the term used to describe the responsibility of the local authority towards ‘looked after’ children and young people.

This is a legal responsibility given to local authorities by the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004.

Who are 'looked after' children?

The term ‘looked after’ is applied to a child for whom the Local Authority is providing accommodation, either by a Court Order or in agreement with the child’s parent or guardian.

Children with disabilities who receive a regular series of short breaks are also classed as 'looked after'.

Corporate Parenting Panel

The Corporate Parenting Panel is to ensure that Oldham fulfils its corporate parenting responsibilities and monitors performance in terms of improving outcomes for looked after children and care leavers.


Information for practitioners