The aim of the Corporate Parenting Advisory Panel is
to ensure that the Council is carrying out its responsibilities
towards children and young people in the care of the Council as a
good corporate parent.
The key objectives of the Corporate Parenting
Advisory Panel are to:
Commission a Corporate Parenting Strategy for
adoption by the Council and to monitor the implementation of the
Monitor the Council’s performance as a
Celebrate the successes of looked after
Promote awareness of the corporate parenting role
within the Council.
Consider arrangements for Member information and
Make recommendations to Executive as and when
appropriate about matters to do with children and young people in
the care of the Council.
The Corporate Parenting Advisory Panel will make use
of the following scrutiny mechanisms to assist with maintaining and
improving the standards of services for children who are in the
care of Bracknell Forest Borough Council.
Examination of key statutory performance
Analysis of key trend data relating to looked after
children and making comparisons with other Local
Engaging young people who are looked after by the
Council to advise the Panel in order to ensure they have an
opportunity to influence the development of services.
The use of anonymised case studies to highlight key
national or local policy and practice issues.
Keeping under consideration the key inspection
criteria against which the Authority will be judged through the
Annual Performance Review.
Receiving the Annual Report of the Independent
Initially it is proposed that the Panel take a broad
approach to monitoring the Council’s performance. This will help to build knowledge and
understanding of the wide range of issues involved. Monitoring should have reference to the Joint Area
Review Framework which provides for key judgements about
Steps are taken to avoid children and young people
having to become looked after.
Looked after children and their parents are provided
with opportunities to express their views and these are listened
Steps are taken to secure a range of care placements
which deliver care and support and develop children and young
people’s cultural, religious and linguistic
Looked after children’s health needs are
Looked after children are supported in achieving
Looked after children are enabled to enjoy a range
of cultural and leisure activities.
Looked after children are prepared for leaving care
and are supported thereafter.
Monitoring should also pick up on the areas of
concern identified through consultation with children and young
people/carers/staff as part of the research work of the
The Panel shall comprise the following
Five Elected Members according to the usual
Substitutes for each of the above.
Executive Member for Children’s Services as a
The lead officer for the Panel will be the Assistant
Director for Children’s Social Care supported by the
Children’s Participation Officer and other officers as
The Chief Executive will attend when appropriate, to
monitor the support for Looked After
Arrangements will be made by the Panel for the
direct and indirect involvement of looked after children and young
Members of the Panel will be required to attend
appropriate training and be subject to a check by the Criminal
The Corporate Parenting Panel will meet every four
months and hold an annual conference to celebrate looked after
children’s successes and stimulate further improvements to
the service. The normal rules for a
quorum for Panel meetings shall apply.
The Panel will have no direct decision-making powers
but will make recommendations where appropriate to the