2 Care Experienced young people now sit on the board as equal members and they have a space on the agenda for matters arsing. These are often issues that have been discussed during a weekly meeting, an example of which is; clarity over Process and Procedures. Young People often talk about the bureaucracy when having overnight stays or vising friends, especially after moving placement, many feeling that police checks are often slow to be carried out. the feedback was given by Dougie Dunlop who looked at legislation and confirmed that police checks aren't required, and often it is commonsense of the carers who ultimately decide - as a parent would with their child, phone the friends parents, be aware of address/phone numbers.
Part 9 of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, states:
'Corporate parenting is about certain organisations listening to the needs, fears and wishes of children and young people. As well as being proactive and determined in their collective efforts to meet them'.
Who & What is Corporate Parenting?
Fife Council, along with many partner organisations, is committed to working together. This partnership approach seeks to achieve the best possible positive outcomes:
to promote the wellbeing of Looked After children, young people and care-leavers
to improve their life outcomes
to listen to their views .
***Fife now has young people sitting on the board as equal members!*** - 2b HEARD members spoke and their voices were heard, they not only wanted to give feedback into the board, meet up with board members and air their views they wanted to be there!
The following links will expand on Fife Corporate Parent Board