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Corporate Parenting Employment Initiatives


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Benefits and impacts


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A range of measures specifically designed to improve employability outcomes of care experienced young people, based on evidence of stubbornly poor outcomes, understanding of what works, engagement with care experienced young people, and partners. Measures sit within the strategic framework of a collaborative Corporate Parenting Strategy, aligned to the National legislative requirement and local Administration priority.


Theme: Employability

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Measures encompass:


  • A guaranteed interview scheme for all Stirling’s looked after young people who meet the necessary job requirements
  • A corporate commitment for all Services to offer work shadowing, volunteer placements and voluntary work experience for all looked after young people who wish to take up the offer
  • Council Management Team taking part in national initiatives such as ‘Take your daughter to work day’ in their capacity as corporate parents
  • Council Management Team liaise with private sector employers as appropriate to explore potential placements for care experienced young people
  • Corporate Parenting Employment Project to offer paid training and employment opportunities within all Council services, offering suitable 12 week on the job placement opportunities

For the Council:

  • Raised awareness of the lived experience of looked after young people
  • Raised awareness of the duty of corporate parenting, and the opportunity it provides to make a real difference to outcomes for care experienced young people
  • Valuable staff growth and development opportunity
  • Opportunity to learn informally from care experienced young people


For Care Experienced young people:

  • Develop work ethics and an understanding of work
  • Give identity and a feeling of worth
  • Develop sustained working relationships
  • Provide structure and routine
  • Develop responsibility and accountability
  • Increase confidence, motivation and skills
  • Earned income and the support to manage it
  • Emotional and mental stability from regular routine and income

Project is at an early stage, however lessons so far are:

  • The importance of an evidence-based, outcomes focussed approach
  • The real opportunity local authorities have to formulate a comprehensive employability offer for their looked after young people
  • The critical nature of independent, expert advice
  • The importance of a collaborative, corporate approach
  • The particular benefit of strong cross party political support, matched by senior management commitment

Contact details:

To find out more about this case study, please contact:


Lesley Gallagher

Programme Manager

Stirling Council

01786 233061

Case study added to site: June 2016

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