The government has announced £36m in funding for 11 children’s social care projects across England.
The funding comes from the Department for Education’s £200m children’s social care innovation fund, which ministers hope will develop best practice and boost the quality of support for children. The announcement comes alongside the publication of evaluations for 10 projects already funded through the scheme.
Under the latest round of funding, an £11.6m investment will see the Hertfordshire family safeguarding model model extended to Luton, Peterborough, Bracknell Forest and West Berkshire. The introduction of the project in Hertfordshire saw the council halve its number of child protection plans in 18 months.
The Family Rights Group has been awarded £5 million to develop a model to create life-long support networks for children and young people in care called ‘Lifelong Links’. Northamptonshire council has received £4 million to help establish its children’s services trust, and The Fostering Network’s mockingbird model of foster care has been backed with £3.8 million to expand into new areas.
The DfE has also awarded £1.4m to Slough children’s services trust to support its transformation programme. Hackney council has been awarded £2 million to test ‘contextual safeguarding theory’, while Havering council has been given £2.4 million to offer a multi-agency service for 11-24 year olds.
Edward Timpson, children’s minister, said the projects were an opportunity to provide children with life-changing support.
“By giving professionals the freedom to develop new and innovative ways of working, these fantastic projects will help make a real difference to children’s lives. I look forward to seeing them deliver great results in the future.”