Funding news

Successful parenting services get extra cash - Wednesday 18 June 2008

DCSF's Parenting Fund will continue until 2011 and there will be a new bidding cycle for the third round to cover the financial years 2009-10 and 2010-11.

Parenting services for some of the country's most vulnerable, including teenage mums and dads, disabled parents and families facing break up are to get a share of up to £8m, announced Children's Minister Beverley Hughes today.

Projects such as helping parents with drug/alcohol problems, sports sessions and parenting workshops will have their Parenting Fund (opens new window) grants continued until March 2009. The additional funding will allow successful projects to seek permanent long term funding from their local authorities, giving parents and their children the ongoing support that has changed lives for the better.

Children's Minister Beverley Hughes said: "The recent report on the Parenting Fund showed that thousands of families have been helped by the excellent services these voluntary organisations provide. We all know that children don't come with an instruction manual, and that all parents need some support at certain times. I'm pleased that our Fund is doing so much to provide that support and give parents the confidence to look after their children and give them a good start in life."

The Parenting Fund (opens new window) is run by the Family and Parenting Institute on behalf of the Department of Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).

Honor Rhodes, Director of Development at the Family and Parenting Institute said: "This funding boost is a real tribute to all those involved in the Parenting Fund projects across the country. Without their hard work and dedication we wouldn't have such wonderful outcomes for parents and children. It is excellent that the Government was able to listen and act when the funding shortfall and the possible closure of projects were identified.

"We will work with all the projects that continue for the extra nine months, using this time to not only to help them support more parents and children but also to seek permanent funding for their services."

Projects in the second round of the Parenting Fund round include those that:

* support parents and children with mental health problems

* provide help and advice for teenage parents

* work with families to help reduce conflicts which can lead to a child leaving home and living on the streets

* encourage black and minority ethnic parents to access family support services.

This additional funding will align the Parenting Fund grant cycle with the financial year, making it easier for third sector organisations to participate in local authority commissioning and to help local authorities embed these excellent services in their local parenting strategies. It will also help third sector organisations build their skills so that they are ready when Local Authorities think about services they will fund from April 09.

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