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Newham Council awarded £2.6m to support families of domestic abuse

PUBLISHED: 16:52 21 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:52 22 March 2017

Families affected by domestic violence in Newham are to benefit from new funding. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA images

Families affected by domestic violence in Newham are to benefit from new funding. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA images

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Children in Newham affected by domestic abuse are to receive specialist help after a council project won huge government funding.

Cllr Quintin Peppiatt, cabinet member for children and young people.Cllr Quintin Peppiatt, cabinet member for children and young people.

The £2.6 million pot of money from the Department for Education (DfE) will enable the local authority to deliver safer environments for children at home and school through its ‘New Day’ project.

Leaders of the initiative hope to see a significant reduction in domestic abuse cases requiring repeat social care support and better learning outcomes among children suffering from the implications of domestic abuse.

It is also hoped that there will be a long-term reduction in the number of children requiring placements as a result of their experiences.

Plans include a “revamped and refocused” social care system to support practitioners, whose responsibility it is to work with families in crisis, receive additional training for complex cases.

In addition, more direct work will be carried out with children, survivors and perpetrators of domestic abuse, with the experiences of young people being used to help to shape social care assessments.

Children who are victims of domestic abuse will be provided with targeted support to succeed at school with the extension of Newham’s Virtual School, a programme providing help from designated teachers.

A cohort of staff including therapists and specialists trained in domestic abuse cases will also be recruited.

These practitioners will model best practice and will be based across Newham’s four integrated neighbourhood areas.

Cllr Rev. Quintin Peppiatt said: “It is great that the DfE has recognised the work that Newham has already undertaken to support families affected by domestic abuse.

“This funding will enable us to build on our practice, help our children to flourish and transform their life chances.”

Newham Council received the monies as part of the DfE’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme.

It rewards projects that “rethink” how children’s social care is delivered and which improve young people’s transition into adulthood.

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