While you're in care, you'll be in contact with many professionals. To help you understand their role and what they do, we've created a 'who's who'.
When you become ‘looked after’, Barnet Council becomes your ‘Corporate Parent’. All professionals within family services such as your Social Worker or the Director of Children Services are there to support you to achieve the best in your childhood, adolescence and adulthood. As with all parents we know we will not always get things right but we pledge to do our best.
Corporate Parenting Advisory Panel (CPAP)
The panel acts as a good corporate parent to Looked After Children (LAC) and Care Leavers (CL) corporately and in partnership with other statutory agencies
The panel work together to monitor the 'Pledge' for LAC and challenge the performance of the Council and its partner agencies regarding outcomes for LAC and CL
The meeting focuses on the views and opinions of LAC and CL that influences better outcomes and best practice for LAC
Members of CPAP
Nine Members of the Council, including the lead member for children’s services.
Strategic Director for Children and Young People
Operational Director Family Services
Voice of the Child Co-ordinator
Virtual School representative
Lead for Health of Looked After Children
Foster Care representative
Other officers as required
The CPAP's most important members are our young people, so it can provide stronger leadership and challenge on whether the Council is being the best Corporate Parent it can be.
Agendas are shaped by the young people, making young people able to focus on asking questions about and scrutinising an area of delivery each meeting (for example, in the CPAP in September 2018, young people focussed on financial management support for Care Leavers). We have also held a specific session with Care Leavers and Councillors working together on developing ideas on how to protect our young people from knife crime. This was well attended, and promoted healthy debate between officers, young people and Councillors, leading to updates to the Weapons Policy.
Corporate Parenting Officers Group (CPOG)
The Corporate Parenting Officers Group (CPOG) aims:
to monitor the Barnet's Corporate Parent Pledge for Children in Care and Care Leavers
to coordinate and advance the Corporate Parenting plan in Barnet to improve outcomes for children in care and care leavers.
to raise the visibility of and commitment to the Corporate Parenting agenda across the multi-agency partnership
All professionals who support Children in Care and Care Leavers are invited to CPOG and every few months young people attend meetings to share their views on whats working well and suggest areas we can improve in ensuring the best outcomes for our LAC.
If you would like to get involved please contact the Voice of the Child Team, firstname.lastname@example.org or 0208 359 2202.
Local Councillors (or Members) are elected by the community to decide how the council should carry out its various activities. They represent public interest as well as individuals living within the ward they have been elected to.
You can contact your councillors through council engaging with committee meetings, emailing, telephoning or attending one of their regular surgeries.
There are 63 members of the London Borough of Barnet. There are currently 38 Conservatives members and 24 Labour members and 1 Independent member. This means that Barnet is a Conservative controlled Council.
Councillors are not paid a salary for their work, but they do receive allowances. By law, all members of the Council are required to complete a declaration of interest form no later than 28 days following the day of their election, and within 28 days of becoming aware of any change to their interests.
Designated Nurse for Looked After Children
Your health and wellbeing is very important to us. You have access to your own Designated Nurse who supports you with all your health needs. To learn more about your Designated Nurse and health reviews please click here.