Scotland: NHS staff become ‘corporate parents’ to vulnerable young

08 February 2019

A new ‘corporate parenting’ training resource has been launched for NHS workers to help them understand their duty to promote the interests of young people who are or have been in care.

Developed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and charity Who Cares? Scotland, the resource describes the legal duties of corporate parenting for young people up to the age of 26, identifies negative effects that ‘care experience’ can have on wellbeing, and encourages staff to think about how they could further promote the interests of these young people.

Judy Thomson, corporate parenting lead at NES, said: ‘It’s about doing the things that parents would: paying attention, appreciating when they need extra support and removing the barriers that can get in the way of them achieving their full potential.’

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