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Government pledges extra funding to charities as part of its Covid response

The Department of Education has announced additional funding to extend Covid 19 support programmes being delivered by children’s charities.

Children’s Minister, Vicky Ford, has pledged a total of £4.2m to a coalition of charities which will see the continuation of the See, Hear and Respond programme though to March 2021.

According to the DfE, the partnership, which was launched in June, has already reached more than 39,000 vulnerable or ‘hidden’ children who fall below the threshold for statutory support and early help, including those in need of crisis support due to the pandemic.

The additional funding will reach an estimated additional 15,000 children and young people, as well as 11,000 parents and carers in need of extra help.

The announcement was made at the Early Intervention Foundation’s national conference with Ford saying: “This pandemic has caused unparalleled challenges for us as a country, but it has been particularly difficult for many vulnerable families who need the most support. This funding will expand the vital service provided by the See, Hear, Respond partnership, which has already helped find and protect 39,000 children who may otherwise have remained ‘invisible’ without it.”