William Eichler 04 April 2016

Millions invested by Whitehall into helping vulnerable children

Hundreds of millions will be invested to support vulnerable children and families, the education secretary announced yesterday.

Nicky Morgan revealed £200m will go into the government’s Children’s Social Care Innovation programme in order to fund proposals aimed at helping troubled children and young people.

Councils and charities are being urged to come up with creative plans for helping struggling youths in their areas. The best schemes will receive a slice of the £200m.

Ms Morgan said: ‘We know children flourish when they are supported by leaders who have been given the freedom to translate their expertise, passion and drive into providing life-changing support.

‘And that’s why today 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 new investment follows the first round of the innovation programme - announced in summer 2014 - which gave £100m to over 50 programmes across the country.

One such programme is Pause. This was designed to help women stuck in a cycle of repeat pregnancies which then result in high numbers of children being taken into care.

Pause is reaching their target of working with 160 women who have had 568 children removed between them across the current seven Pause Practices in London and the Yorkshire region. There have been no pregnancies to date.

Children and families minister Edward Timpson, who spent 10 years as a family barrister and whose own family fostered over 90 children, said: ‘I know from my time at the Bar and my experience of fostering that when it comes to supporting our most vulnerable young people there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach.

‘That’s why we are calling on councils and professionals to continue digging deep, thinking radically and doing whatever it takes to find new and better ways of delivering for our most vulnerable children.’

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