Around 200 children and young people between the ages of newborn and 21 years are under the guardianship of Scottish Borders Council - their corporate parents.
Taking their role as corporate parents seriously, last week councillors endorsed a new strategy that aims to improve the opportunities of these young people as they grow into adults, but all agreed that they must do better.
“The care they should receive is the care we would give our own children,” said SBC’s social services spokesperson Councillor Frances Renton.
However, improving the life chances of these young people is an uphill struggle and once they leave care 48.7 per cent are not in education, training or employment, and 33.3% have experienced periods of homelessness.
“Their educational experience and attainment levels are extremely poor and we need to look very carefully at how we approach that,” said Councillor Catriona Bhatia.
NHS Borders and other partner agencies share corporate parenting responsibilities with Scottish Borders Council and all have agreed their roles in improving life for the children in their care, laid out in a joint four year action plan