This is the fourth in a special series of implementation notes.
Effective implementation of legislation requires leadership, planning, commitment, good communication and hard work. Part 9 of the Act sets out a range of additional duties under Sections 59 through to 65. This paper aims to help you, as a corporate parent, to understand and implement the duty to prepare and review your Corporate Parenting Plan (Section 59) and the duty to report on your corporate parenting activities (Section 61).
All corporate parents should read this paper, as determined by their inclusion on schedule 4 of the Act. It will be of particular interest to staff involved in the development and implementation (as opposed to delivery) of the processes and systems which will facilitate compliance. This includes the Chief Officer of the organisation, the Chair of the Board (or equivalent, such as Leader of the Council) and directors of all affected departments and services.
Please note this paper does not replace or supersede the Scottish Government's Statutory Guidance on Part 9 (Corporate Parenting), published in July 2015, to which all corporate parents must have regard. As the implementation of Part 9 will look different for each corporate parent in view of their distinct functions and context, guidance or papers cannot provide a simple how-to guide. As such, this series of implementation notes has no statutory basis but instead provides additional, optional advice and ideas, as well as generic 'good practice' in respect of the fulfilment of specific corporate parenting duties. The Scottish Government and its agencies may also refer to these papers when reviewing corporate parents' performance.
For tailored advice and guidance, corporate parents should contact CELCIS directly.