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Children in Care

Department for Education written question – answered on 4th February 2020.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education of 20 January 2020, Official Report, column 3, on Looked-after Children: Out-of-area Placements, stating that we have spent £70 million on supporting families and £84 million on strengthening families, if she will provide the budget headings for that spending.

Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Government Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The response in Hansard has been updated to reflect the below information.

We will invest approximately £17 million in the Supporting Families Investing in Practice programme to roll out 3 innovation models that have evidence of successfully keeping families together in a further 46 local authorities. These programme models are Family Group Conferencing, Family Drug and Alcohol Courts and the Mockingbird Family Model.

Up to £84 million will be spent on the Strengthening Families Protecting Children programme to roll out a further 3 innovation programme models that have the most promising evidence of safely reducing the number of children being taken into care. Leeds Family Valued, Hertfordshire Family Safeguarding and North Yorkshire’s No Wrong Door models will be rolled out in 18 local authorities.

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