In Surrey, we look after on average 800 children per year. In line with national trends, this number is increasing, with younger children entering care following abuse or neglect and more teenagers needing to be looked after following family breakdown. 75% of our children are placed in foster care and the remaining children are in residential homes, placed for adoption, in independent living or placed with parents.
To achieve our vision for looked after children, Surrey's Corporate Parenting Board needs to address those areas where outcomes are not meeting our expectations and where more work is required. We want the children and young people we look after to grow up having the same opportunities as their peers.
In order to do this the board has produced a Corporate Parenting Strategy - we will have achieved our aims when our children leave our care with the skills to live successful and fulfilling lives.