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Committee details

Corporate Parenting Panel

Purpose of committee

The Corporate Parenting Panel consists of 21 Members of the Council including the Executive Member for Children and Young People or the Executive Support Member, and the Chair or Vice-Chair of the Children and Young People’s Scrutiny Committee.


There are up to ten non-voting co-opted Members including three school representatives and three representatives from other agencies.


The Panel has the following responsibilities:


1. To ensure that the Council acts as a good corporate parent to children and young people in care and care leavers, including:


         Young people in residential care

         Children and young people in foster care

         Children placed for adoption

         Children placed at home under Placement with Parents Regulations

         Young people who are living in supported lodgings

         Young people in secure services

         Young people in custody


2. To engage and listen to the views of children, young people and their carers for whom the Council is the parent.


3. To work in partnership with other statutory agencies to drive forward improvements in care.


4. To act as the governing body for the Virtual School for looked after children and young people.


5. To act as the governing body for Aycliffe secure services, monitoring and ensuring the quality of secure accommodation, education and care.


Contact information

Support officer: Jill Hogg. 03000 269 711


Democratic Services
Durham County Council
County Hall
County Durham
03000 269 714