Children: Social Services

Department for Education written question – answered at on 23 January 2020.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what plans he has to introduce a new funding round for the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme.

Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan The Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Since 2014, we have invested £200 million in the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme to give local authorities and children’s social care organisations the permission, funding and support to test ways of doing things differently and to improve outcomes for vulnerable children.

We are committed to supporting innovation and want to make sure we use funding available in 2020-21 to learn from the current projects showing most promise. We are looking at how we can best spread learning to other areas, including considering the evaluations of projects which report in the coming months. We are in discussions with projects and hope to announce next steps shortly.

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