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Coventry gets backing for greater support for children and families

Published Thursday, 03 October 2019

Coventry’s Children’s Services has successfully applied to be part of a programme aimed at safely reducing the number of children entering care and improving family stability.

The Council will receive funding and support after hearing today it will join the Government’s Strengthening families, protecting children (SFPC) programme.

Coventry will work with Leeds City Council to implement a way of working based on their Family Valued model which focuses on restorative practice, changing service-wide ways of working with children and families so that support is done ‘with’ them, not ‘to’ them.

The Department for Education’s £84 million SFPC programme will see 15 areas chosen to address high numbers of children in or at risk of care.

John Gregg, Director of Children’s Services for Coventry City Council, said: “This is an incredibly exciting announcement as it will help us drive even more into the areas of practice that will help us protect the most vulnerable children and families in Coventry.

“It will allow us to work even closer with families and put them and the voice of their children at the heart of problem solving. It will help us build on our own signs of safety approach where successful early intervention can help prevent a child from entering care.”

Coventry specifically applied to work alongside Leeds as their Family Valued model reflects many of the focuses of Coventry’s work including:

  • Creating the conditions for good social work;
  • Quality of practice improving outcomes for children;
  • Working together with families and building trust and confidence

Cllr Pat Seaman, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added: “Joining the SFPC programme gives us a great opportunity. We know that to continue to improve we must constantly evolve and challenge the way we do things so we can get the very best outcomes for our children.

“Working successfully with Leeds will help us reduce the number of looked after children in Coventry and allow us to invest more in the early help that is so valuable to families.”

Find out more about the SFPC programme at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/strengthening-families-protecting-children-sfpc-programme

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