DfE to more than treble funding for innovative children’s social work

Children's minister Edward Timpson says the Children's Social Care Innovation Programme will get £100m in 2015/16

Edward Timpson (Credit: Steve Back/Rex Features)

Children’s minister Edward Timpson has announced a more than three-fold rise in funding for the Department for Education’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme.

Timpson told the National Children and Adults Services Conference that the 2015/16 budget for the fund, which aims to encourage innovative approaches in children’s social care, would be £100m.

This is a rise of £70m compared to the £30m available in 2014/15, the fund’s first year.

Timpson said that since opening the fund has received 300 bids from projects across England, four of which have now received funding.

Other bidders for funding are due to be told if they have been successful in the next few weeks, he told the Manchester conference.

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One Response to DfE to more than treble funding for innovative children’s social work

  1. Peter Durrant November 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

    As a retired social/community development worker (and ageing activist…) it would be helpful to know what these four projects are as well as more about the 300 bids. Which one very much welcomes especially if they concerned with the, hopefully, resurgence of interest in community social work and I have a short paper available if anyone is interested. In passing it would also be helpful to correspond with other social community workers who are interested in contemporary theory and practice interpretation of these important themes.