Fostering News: Government pledge £16 million to tackle drug dependency and support children in care
Money from the Life Chances Fund will benefit ten projects
Projects that combat drug and alcohol dependency and support children in care will receive more than £16 million, Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch announced today.
The money is the first round of investment from the £80 million Life Chances Fund and will:
Minister for Sport and Civil Society, Tracey Crouch, said:
This funding will benefit some of the most vulnerable people in society and provide vital support to help them transform their lives. The UK is a world leader in using social impact bonds to make a positive impact in society and these projects will achieve real results in communities across the country.
Examples of the projects that will receive funding are:
Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC)
FDAC will receive £6.2 million over seven years to support its work within the family court system to help families whose children are subject to care proceedings due to parental substance misuse and domestic violence in the home. Parents will be supported to address these issues so that children can be safely returned to the home. It is estimated that over 2,400 individuals will benefit from the programme.
Fostering Better Outcomes
Supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council, Fostering Better Outcomes will receive £939,000 to support the delivery of a project which aims to help children and young people transition into stable foster care. It will work with 30 children aged seven to 17 who are in or are at risk of entering residential care, to help improve their emotional well-being.
West London Alliance
The organisation will receive £1,200,000 to deliver placement services to people with drug and alcohol addictions who are out of work, so they can gain and retain competitive paid employment.
The Big Lottery Fund is delivering the Life Chances fund on behalf of DCMS.
NOTES TO EDITORS
The £80m Life Chances Fund was launched in July 2016 with the objective of tackling entrenched social issues and helping those people in society who face the most significant barriers to leading happy and productive lives.
The fund is structured around six key themes: drug and alcohol dependency, children's services, early years, young people, older people's services, and healthy lives.
The grantees, the money they will receive and the project they will deliver, are listed below:
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