SCRA as a Corporate Parent


On 1 April 2015 we became a proud Corporate Parent.

By law (the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014) Corporate Parents must carry out special responsibilities. We also have a moral duty to provide the best possible support and care we can to the children and young people we are involved with.

SCRA’s Corporate Parenting duties are:

  • to be alert to matters which might adversely affect the wellbeing of looked after children and young people.
  • to assess the needs of looked after children and young people for services and support they provide.
  • to promote the interests of looked after children and young people.
  • to provide opportunities for looked after children and young people to participate in activities designed to promote their wellbeing.
  • to take action appropriate to ensure looked after children and young people access these opportunities and make use of our services and support.
  • to take any other action considered appropriate to improve organisational functions to meet the needs of looked after children and young people.

Our plans

We initially published a three year Corporate Parenting Plan in 2017. This plan sets out the commitments that SCRA will be making to children and young people over the three years to improve their individual experiences of the Hearings System.

Then in April 2018, we published our second Corporate Parenting Plan specifically aimed at young people. This covers the second year of our three year plan and sets out our Corporate Parenting actions for 2018-19.

Our next plan covering the final year (2019/2020) was published in spring 2019.

Reporting on our plans

Information for young people – Every year we publish an Annual Report for children and young people reporting on our Corporate Parenting activity over the past 12 months. You can view the latest report (January 2020) here.

Information for partners – information about our Corporate Parenting activity is also included in our corporate Annual Report which is published at the end of every October. Recent reports are available in the Resources section of our website.

Want more information?

To support the Corporate Parenting Plan, we have a website aimed at young people. The website – – is a joint initiative with Children’s Hearings Scotland. The site provides young people with a more interactive version of our corporate parenting commitments and activities.

Read the report

SCRA has published its Corporate Parenting Plan for 2020-23.

The plan is aimed at young people and outlines our Corporate Parenting activities for the next 3 years. 

Read the plan

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