Our Statement of Mission and Values

We work to a statement of mission and values that was co-produced by managers and practitioners:

  • Our mission is to protect the most vulnerable children and young people living in Cornwall from significant harm, to support the educational inclusion of those children and to close the gap in outcomes between them and their peers.
  • Our first consideration will be the lived experience of the child, taking into account their wishes and feelings, involving them fully in decisions about their lives, and promoting their rights to family life and to education.
  • We will work together with the child and others to understand the reasons for their behaviour, so that we can support positive change.  We will stick with them and we will not give up.
  • We will act with integrity, honesty, empathy and respect, showing fairness and courage in everything we do.
  • We will work with birth families, the child's wider network of family and friends, communities and other services, listening to their views, building their trust and confidence, making every effort to understand and meet their needs.
  • We will use discretion, professional judgement and common sense to guide us and we will be accountable for our decisions and actions.  We will respond to well-founded criticism with a willingness to learn and to change.
  • We will not be distracted from our mission through fear of being criticised.  In identifying and managing risks to children we will seek to reduce the risk of significant harm and achieve better outcomes.
  • We will be professional, calm and focused in undertaking our statutory and professional duties at all times and in all the circumstances we face.
  • Our commitment is to deliver a service that we and those we serve can be proud of, which promotes positive outcomes for vulnerable children and which reduces the risk of harm.
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