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Council announces major investment to reduce the number of children taken into care.

Lancashire County Council has announced it has earmarked £6m to cut the high number of children being taken into care.

The announcement comes after the local authority was named as one of 18 councils to receive a share of £84m set aside by the government under its Strengthening Families, Protecting Children initiative.

Lancashire, which recorded the highest number of applications of any local authority for the first quarter of 2018/19, plans to reduce numbers by up to 38% over the next three years.

The grant will see new family safeguarding teams set up, after which the scheme is designed to be self-funding.

Lancashire's cabinet member for children, young people and schools, Phillippa Williamson, said:

"We want to ensure the best outcome for each and every child and believe that in some cases early intervention to address problems within a family may mean a child could remain at home with proper support.

For the majority of families, if we could support them earlier and tailor support to meet their needs, the action of removing the children may be able to be prevented before problems become more serious.”