Council awarded £939,000 to help children in care
18 October 2017Cheshire West and Chester Council has been successful in securing funding to provide specialist services for children and young people in care from the first round of the Government’s £80 million Life Chances fund.
Funding of £939,000 has been awarded to the Council to help commission a new service known as Fostering better outcomes.
The service will support children and young people who are in, or who may enter, residential care to access specialist foster care placements with highly skilled carers.
Currently there is a gap between the level of support and supervision needed in residential care and that available in mainstream foster care, meaning that children can find it challenging to fit in to their new home.
These specialist foster care placements will help children with complex needs to receive extensive support in a family environment.
Councillor Nicole Meardon, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said “We’re pleased to have secured a grant from the Life Chances Fund to help develop a new service to support children and young people in care across west Cheshire.
"Research shows that children are more likely to flourish in a family setting and the new service will help make this move possible for a number of our most vulnerable children helping them to get the best start in life.”