Model induction for new children’s services portfolio holders

The role of portfolio holder for children’s services gives you the opportunity to make an enormous difference to the lives of your youngest residents – but it also comes with significant responsibility.

The role of portfolio holder is the only role for elected members that is defined in legislation, and it requires careful working with partners and across the council to keep children safe, happy, and well while supporting them to achieve their full potential.

You also have an important role in ensuring that all councillors and council employees understand their unique responsibility as ‘corporate parents’ to children in the care of the council, and care leavers, and setting the tone for the local authority to perform this role well.

Please note that the names of some meetings and the titles of some documents mentioned below may vary from council to council.