Hertfordshire receives innovation grant to revamp child protection services in four local authorities
Hertfordshire County Council is delighted to have been awarned a grant, jointly with four other authorities, of £11.6 million from the government's Children's Social Care Innovation Programme.
This funding will broaden the range of professionals in its successful multi-disciplinary teams, as well as extend the evidence base of its revolutionary child protection services to local authorities namely; Luton Borough Council, Peterborough City Council, Bracknell Forest Council and West Berkshire Council.
The funding will be used to implement the Hertfordshire Family Safeguarding model in the four local authorities, to test whether Hertfordshire's improved outcomes for children, families and social workers can be replicated.
In the last two years, Hertfordshire has developed a more effective and efficient child protection service with a radical overhaul of its practice method. As a result, between January 2015 and November 2016, in stark contrast to national trends, Hertfordshire has achieved a 49 per cent reduction in the number of children with child protection plans. In addition pre-proceedings and care proceedings processes have reduced by 76 per cent and 19 per cent respectively.