1. Relating to a large company or group


  1. Be or act as a mother or father to someone

What is a Corporate Parent?

The definition of corporate parenting, as set out by the Scottish Government is:

'An organisation’s performance of actions necessary to promote and support the wellbeing of a looked after child or care leaver, including their physical, emotional, spiritual, social and cognitive development.'

The SSSC understands this to mean that there are certain things that a good parent does. These should include that their child:

  • is loved
  • is healthy
  • is listened to
  • is safe and secure
  • has friends and has fun
  • is encouraged through school
  • gets help with homework
  • is supported to become an independent adult.

As an organisation (and as a regulator) it’s up to the SSSC to use our influence within the social service sector and make sure that, for care experienced young people (including looked after at home with one or both parents, with friends or relatives in formal kinship care, foster care, secure care or residential care), Scotland is the best place to grow up in.

'Corporate parenting cannot replace or
replicate the selfless character of parental
love; but it does imply a warmth and
personal concern which goes beyond the
traditional expectations of institutions.'

The Utting Review of Residential Care Services for Children, 1991

How will the SSSC do this?

We are new to corporate parenting so we are learning. We will learn from care experienced young people, test our plans and make progress through our local contact with the Dundee Champions Board and national contact with Who Cares? Scotland's care council. We recognise that within our staff team we have people with a range of professional and personal experiences who will also contribute to our development in this role.

Find our plan to be a Corporate Parent here.

'For people and organisations that work directly with care experienced children and young people, it's quite clear what can be done to make their lives better. For organisations like the SSSC, it can feel a bit harder to work that out. We regulate people working in social services and their qualifications; we also lead on learning and development for social services. So how does that impact on children and young people? What can we do as a corporate parent? By regulating social workers and residential care workers, we make sure they have the qualifications and training that they need to do the job well. We also have Codes of Practice that set out the standards and qualities children and young people can expect from their workers. If young people complain about a worker, we investigate it and can take action.'

Anna Fowlie, Chief Executive, the SSSC

With the responsibilities that we have, it is particularly important that we work closely with care experienced young people and that they help inform our work and decisions.

The SSSC needs you

Whoever you are, whatever your involvement with care experienced young people, it’s important that you help us in this work. The SSSC is in a privileged position to be able to contribute to better experiences and opportunities for looked after young people, but we cannot do it alone. The wider this responsibility is shared the more effective it can become.

Please support us becoming the best Corporate Parent we can be.

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