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Government expands Mockingbird Programme into 10 new areas.

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has announced that the DfE will fund the expansion of the Mockingbird Foster Model into 10 new areas in the North and Midlands.

The model centres operate as a network where one foster home acts as a hub, offering planned and emergency sleepovers and short breaks, advice, training and support, to six to 10 satellite households.

The scheme, initially developed in Seattle US, was introduced across 8 councils in 2015 and is already thought to have saved £2.4m in costs. The expansion will see the model move into Sheffield, East Cheshire, Warrington, South Tyneside, Barnsley, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Stoke-on-Trent - as part of the DfE's Supporting Families; Investing in Practice programme.

Read here for more information on the model.