Corporate Parenting: LGA support, development and training offer

The LGA has developed a new and fully subsidised support offer to help councils improve the effectiveness of their corporate parenting approach and outcomes for children and young people in their care. This flexible offer can be scaled as necessary to meet the level of support the council requires, and can include a self-assessment, a two-day peer-led diagnostic, and a range of training.

Expressions of interest

We are welcoming expressions of interest from councils and if you would like to discuss this further please contact [email protected].


Looking after and protecting children and young people is one of the most important jobs that councils do and when a child, for whatever reason, can’t safely stay at home, it is up to the local authority to step in and give them the care, support and stability that they deserve.

All councillors and council employees have a unique responsibility to be ‘corporate parents’ to children they care for and their care leavers. A strong corporate parenting ethos means that everyone from the Chief Executive and their council-wide corporate or strategic management team to frontline staff and elected council members, are passionate about those children they care for and care experienced young people as if they were their own.

Good corporate parenting reflects the breadth of children and young people’s experiences and councils are responsible for engaging education, police, probation, health and district and borough councils and other key partners.

As part of the LGA’s continuing work to support political and corporate leadership for children’s services we are offering support to councils in improving their corporate parenting and in ensuring corporate parenting is a way of working across the council.

Aims of the offer

Through our support, development and training offer we aim to support councils in:

  • Embedding strong governance and accountability for Corporate Parenting, with clear understanding of responsibilities and expectations.
  • Achieving a whole system approach to Corporate Parenting across the wider council and partners, driven by the voice and experiences of children and young people.
  • Understanding what good looks like and measuring impact.
  • Achieving improved outcomes for children and young people who are care experienced.

Offer overview

The offer includes a range of universal, targeted and specialist elements, which can be accessed according to the needs of each individual council.

  • guidance, resources and case studies
  • independent evaluation and assessment
  • training and support
  • peer to peer support.

Guidance,  resources and case studies

  • updated LGA Corporate Parenting pack
  • structure and functioning of a strong Corporate Parenting Board
  • maximising membership and impact of partners
  • what good looks like in corporate parenting – measuring and understanding impact and outcomes
  • embedding the voice of children and young people
  • embedding a Champions approach at Corporate Parenting Board Member and officer level.

Leaderships Essentials

  • Leadership Essentials training: Children’s Services two-day training supporting Lead Members with the key challenges they face in the changing policy landscape and offering an opportunity to network and share learning.
  • ‘Must Know’ guides for Lead Members of Children’s Services.


  • Corporate Parenting board self-assessment. 

Independent evaluation and assessment

A two-day peer diagnostic to deliver an independent assessment of areas of strength and those that require improvements, with recommendations for how this can be achieved. The peer team includes:

  • a council Leader or Lead Member for children’s services (lead peer)
  • a senior children’s services officer (DCS or AD level)
  • a peer diagnostic manager.

Whole Council Leadership  

Facilitated conversation with the Chief Executive and their senior leadership team to support in developing a common approach and vision.  

This can be either virtual or face to face and is led by LGA peers and associates with significant experience of working at a senior level in councils. Their input includes: 

  • pre-meet with council Chief Executive  
  • background reading of relevant materials where appropriate e.g. council strategies and self-assessment 
  • facilitated conversation with leadership team (approx. 1 ½ hrs) 
  • follow-up meeting with council Chief Executive where required.  

Training and support

Our flexible training offer intends to support councils in addressing any recommendations for improvement identified in the diagnostic or in their own self-evaluation. It covers the six modules which form the basis of the Peer Diagnostic tool and can be tailored and scaled to the specific needs of councils.

All modules will be facilitated by an LGA associate with significant experience of supporting councils with Corporate Parenting, working with a Member with recent or current experience of children’s services leadership.

A typical programme for a council may be structured as followed with group sessions scaled up or down as necessary depending on the level of detail and support the council requires.  

Example support programme:

  • introduction to Corporate Parenting pack provided to members
  • self-assessment completed by Corporate Parenting Board
  • one hour facilitated session with Corporate Parenting Board members and sponsor to discuss diagnostic and/or self-assessment
  • facilitator observation of a Corporate Parenting Board meeting and reflections

Group session 1

Two hour workshops with Corporate Parenting Board covering two to three modules

Group session 2

Two hour workshops with Corporate Parenting Board covering two to three modules

Whole council session

For all council members

Action Planning and embedding learning

  • Plenary sessions with Two hour workshops with Corporate Parenting Board Chair, Lead Member, DCS and democratic services
  • Review of progress against self-assessment / diagnostic
  • Actions to take forward and how to sustain and embed progress

Review and follow up

  • Review of progress after six months
  • Self-assessment to be revisited annually.