Leeds Council Children's Services receive £390,000 in extra funding

Children's Services in Leeds have won £390,000 in additional funding from the Government

Saturday, 12th December 2020, 11:45 am
The extra funding will allow the council to address food poverty, support mental health and focus on supporting early intervention.

The Leeds City Council department received the funding from the Department for Education after it recognised the good practice upheld through the pandemic.

It is part of the 'Partners in Practice' programme which is a partnership between national and local government.

The extra funding will allow the council to address food poverty, support mental health and focus on supporting early intervention.

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It is to be used by the end of March 2021.

Councillor Fiona Venner, Executive Member for Children and Families said: “In Leeds our outstanding Children’s Services have a strong track record in attracting innovation funding and we welcome this short term grant.

“Despite unprecedented pressures on local government finances over the past decade we’ve remained committed to investing in Early Help – to ensure families receive support as soon as they need it.

"This funding helps us to keep championing that approach which has been key to improving outcomes for families, safely reducing the number of children in care – bucking the national trend.

“During the pandemic our fantastic workforce have adapted to changed ways of working, using innovative approaches to provide high quality services to families.

"This funding will help strengthen our support for families through our Early Help clusters, to mitigate poverty, and to add to the delivery of services that have a positive protective impact on our communities.”

Activities to be funded will include £200,000 to support cluster innovation and practice with families impacted by Covid, £40,000 to provide additional outreach support for young people at risk of crime and poor outcomes and £30,000 for additional mental health support in hubs/clusters.

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