The Department for Education (DfE) is to offer £200m of funding over the next four years to support the development of new approaches to children’s social care.
The money, which forms the second round of the DfE’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, will be given to projects that seek to “rethink” how children’s social care is delivered and improve looked-after children’s transition into adulthood.
The DfE intends to start awarding money to projects this summer and will be accepting bids between now and July.
The funds will also be used to help the spread the work of projects that received money in the first round of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme to new areas.
A document setting out details of the funding programme and the process for making bids has been published on the DfE website.
Transforming life chances
Education secretary Nicky Morgan said: “We’re inviting charities and councils to come forward with their most creative ideas to transform the lives of those most in need, because no ambition can be too great when it comes to transforming children’s life chances.”
The first round of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, which began in 2014, saw the DfE hand out £110m to 53 projects across England.
Projects that received money included £1m for an outreach project to help those at risk of female genital mutilation run by Barnardo’s and Local Government Association, and £4m to fund the redesign of frontline children’s social care in the London triborough (Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster).