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Sharing knowledge of innovative approaches to children’s social care

The Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme was launched by the Department for Education (DfE) in 2014 to improve outcomes for children in need of help from the social care system. It is supporting innovative ideas to flourish and enabling policy and practice to be driven by evidence and best practice.

Alongside the Innovation Programme, DfE is working with some of the best leaders and practitioners in children’s social care through the Partners in Practice programme. This programme aims to support wider improvement across the children’s social care system through understanding and sharing what works in improving outcomes for vulnerable children and young people.

Innovation and improvement is also being realised through a significant set of reforms to local safeguarding children arrangements, which were introduced in June 2018. These reforms offer local areas greater flexibility in how they organise their safeguarding arrangements and unlock the potential for improvement.

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Innovation Programme Partners in Practice Multi-agency safeguarding reform

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Press release 24 April 2020

Multi-million support for vulnerable children during COVID-19

Vulnerable children most at risk of neglect, violence or exploitation will benefit from extra support to keep them safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.

More than £12 million will be spent on 14 projects across the country to tackle the increased risk some children and young people are facing as they stay at home to reduce the spread of coronavirus. This will include money to pay for individual support for families at risk of domestic abuse, community volunteers to work with families, and continued support for teenagers at risk of exploitation.

The £12 million package includes work on:

Adolescent exploitation:
For teenagers across North London who experience multiple risks, bringing together NHS, social care, police, criminal justice and third sector services under one roof – a “child house” to support children and families affected by child sexual abuse and exploitation

Further information on this announcement is available on

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