£17 million DfE funding to improve children's services

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced a £17 million package of support for councils to improve outcomes for vulnerable children.

With £15 million set to go to eight new Partners in Practice, to expand a peer support programme between local authorities to improve children’s services, and the other £2 million being invested in improving leadership in children’s social care services, which will be delivered through the Local Government Association (LGA), the funding will deliver hands-on peer support to other councils, to help improve outcomes for more children and their families.

Zahawi said: “Social workers do an incredible job providing some of our most vulnerable children in our society with life-changing care and support. This investment for our Partners in Practice Programme will help the fantastic work councils are doing to deliver high-quality services and make a real difference to children’s lives. I am also pleased to support the LGA to drive good leadership, which is crucial if we want to support and encourage frontline staff to deliver excellent care for children and young people.”

Richard Watts, chair of the LGA’s Children and Young People Board, said: “We are pleased that the Minister has backed the LGA’s call for children’s improvement funding. This will help to deliver an enhanced programme of sector-led support to councils, offering everything from regular ‘health checks’ and training for lead members and senior officers. The achievements of councils through the sector-led improvement approach demonstrate its success and shows what councils can achieve by working together and supporting one another.”

The new Partners in Practice are Ealing, Camden, North Tyneside and South Tyneside in partnership, Essex, Stockport, Hackney, East Riding of Yorkshire and Doncaster Trust.

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