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Government names Councils to receive funding to help reduce the number of children entering care.

The DfE has announced that 39 Councils will share £15.5m funding as part of the Strengthening families, protecting children (SFPC) programme.

After the success of the initial waive of initiatives, Family Drug and Alcohol courts (FDACs) and family group conferencing services will be launched in more areas.

New FDAC’s will be established in seven new sites, across 17 Local Authorities. These will be in the Black Country, Birmingham & Solihull, Pan-Bedfordshire, Newcastle, North Tyneside & Gateshead, Essex, Suffolk & Southend, Stockport and Somerset. The move will see teams of domestic violence experts, substance misuse specialists, psychiatrists and social workers carry out an early assessment and agree an intervention plan with parents who come before the court in care proceedings.

New family group conferencing services are also to be launched in North East Lincolnshire, Bath and North East Somerset, Middlesbrough alongside Redcar & Cleveland, Plymouth, Birmingham, Staffordshire, Southampton, Sheffield, Rotherham, Lambeth, Lewisham, Lancashire alongside Blackpool, Knowsley, Salford, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Nottingham, Merton, Bromley, Sunderland, and Shropshire.

Read more about the SFPC programme here.