Corporate Parenting Principles

The Children and Social Work Act 2017 introduces seven fundamental principles of corporate parenting which local authorities must have regard to for looked after children (LAC) and care leavers; and must be at the heart of the ethos and work of the Corporate Parenting Panel.   The seven principles are the need to:

  • act in the best interests of, and promote, the health and well-being of relevant children and young people;

  • encourage relevant children and young people to express their views, wishes and feelings;

  • to take account of a relevant child or young person's views wishes and feelings;

  • to promote high aspirations amongst relevant children and young people and the need to secure the best outcomes;

  • [for] relevant children and young people to be safe and for stability in their home lives, relationships and educcation or work; and

  • prepare relevant children and young people for adulthood and independent living.


The corporate parenting principles inform how a local authority carries out their duties and responsibilities.  They are intended to encourage local authorities to be ambitious and inspirational in for the children and care leavers in their care so that they can lead healthy, rounded and fulfilled lives.


If you would like to get involved in the Corporate Parenting Panel to influence the development of local authority services for children in care and care leavers, please contact your Personal Adviser for information on how.