MS Teams Event/Virtual, Dorset Council - Corporate Parenting Board
Wednesday, 9th September, 2020 3.00 pm

Venue: A link to the meeting can be found on the front page of the agenda.. View directions

Contact: Liz Eaton, Democratic Services Officer  Tel: 01305 225113 - Email:


No. Item


Election of Chairman

To elect a Chairman for the year 2020/2021.


Appointment of Vice-Chairman

To appoint a Vice-Chairman for the year 2020/2021.



To receive any apologies for absence.


Declaration of Interest

To receive any Declarations of Interest.


Terms of Reference

To note the Terms of Reference:


The Corporate Parenting Board (the Board) will assist Dorset County Council and its partners to understand and fully comply with legal duties and responsibilities across all services, as they discharge those duties to looked after children and care leavers. This will continue as a key responsibility of Dorset Council from 1st April 2019.


The Corporate Parenting Board will promote member and workforce engagement, commitment and understanding of the Corporate Parenting principles introduced by the Children and Social Work Act 2017. Ensuring the local authority is ‘an active, strong and committed corporate parent – in line with the corporate parenting principles’.


The Corporate Parenting Board will hold to account the council and its partners for their role in the delivery of services and statutory responsibilities to looked after children and care leavers as recommended in statutory Corporate Parenting guidance.


The Board will have access to good qualitative and quantitative management information from the council and its partners, in order to monitor performance effectively against outcomes and track delivery of promises and commitments as stated to the Children in Care Council.


The Board will ensure the voice of children and young people influence decision making and service development and delivery.


Board Management


The Corporate Parenting Board will meet a minimum of seven times a year.  Corporate Parenting Board meetings will be attended by members of the Children in Care Council and their representatives, with support from the Children’s Participation Service.


The Board will have regular membership from:


(i)               Seven elected members of the Council on a politically proportionate basis.

(ii)              Children in Care Council (CiCC) representatives.

(iii)            Although not a full member of the board.  The Lead Member for Children’s Service is invited to attend all meetings.


The Board will have regular representation from the Children’s Services Dirctorate in the form of:


(i)               The Executive Director, People (children’s) (or the officer for the time-being with such responsibilities).

(ii)              The Head of Care and Protection (or the officer for the time-being with such responsibilities).

(iii)            The Lead Officer for Looked After Children.

(iv)            The Corporate Parenting Officer.


The Board will request regular representation from:


(i)               Relevant Partners

(ii)              The Virtual School Head

(iii)            Children’s Rights, Advocacy and Participation Services

(iv)            Children’s Health and Mental Health Services

(v)             The Police and Youth Offending Service

(i)               Foster Carers representative (or other parent forum)


Also in non-regular attendance – sufficiently senior representatives from Children’s Services Directorate and other directorates and agencies to attend for specific issues in order to offer advice and assistance as requested by the Board.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 138 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 11 February 2020.


Public Participation

To receive any questions or statements on the business of the Board form town and Parish Councils and members of the public.


The deadline for submission of the full text of a question or statement is 8.30 am on Friday, 4 September 2020.


Details of the Council’s procedure rules can be found at: Public Participation at Committees.

Impact of Covid-19:


Care Leavers Update pdf icon PDF 110 KB

To receive a report by the Executive Director of People – Children.

Additional documents:


Corporate Parenting Data Set pdf icon PDF 472 KB

To receive a report by the Executive Director of People – Children.

Strategy for Consultation:


Sufficiency Strategy pdf icon PDF 56 KB

To receive a report  from the Executive Director of People – Children.

Additional documents:


Corporate Parenting Strategy pdf icon PDF 256 KB

To receive a report by the Executive Director of People – Children.


Exempt Business

To consider passing the following resolution:


To move the exclusion of the press and the public for items 13, 14 and 15 in view of the likely disclosure of exempt information within the meaning of Paragraphs 1 and 2  of schedule 12A to the local Government Act 1972 (as amended).


The public and the press will be asked to leave the meeting whilst the item of business is considered.





Annual Report from Virtual School

To receive the annual report from the Virtual School Head.


Unregistered/Unregulated placement provision

To receive the attached report from the Executive Director of People – Children.


CLICC Update and Challenge Cards

To receive an oral update from Participation People and make comment on the CLiCC Challenge and Feedback Cards.

Additional documents: