Corporate Parenting Board

Purpose of committee

Terms of Reference

The Corporate Parenting Board (the Board) will assist Dorset 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 young people know how their voice, insights and lived experiences have impacted 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 services (s) is invited to attend all meetings.


The Board will have regular representation from the Children’s Services Directorate 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 Service

(v)          The Police and Youth Offending Service

(vi)         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.


Contact information

Support officer: Megan Rochester, Democratic Services Officer. Tel: 01305 224709 - Email:

Postal address:
County Hall
Colliton Park

Phone: 01305 224709