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Nine projects have been awarded a share of a £2 million Department for Education (DfE) grant

We take a closer look at the DfE-funded landmark projects that Edward Timpson, Minister for Vulnerable Children and Families, hopes will give frontline staff “the freedom to turn their passion and expertise into providing life-changing support”.

Domestic abuse, drug and alcohol misuse

Tavistock Relationships:

Aimed at high-risk families, Tavistock Relationships will train 90 frontline staff and 8 qualified clinicians to deliver mentalisation-based treatment interventions to help parents and couples where violence and abuse dominates family life.

Church of England’s Children’s Society

The Dorset-based project will help 175 children and young people from 58 families who have experienced domestic violence or parental substance misuse. To provide this service, 150 professionals will be trained in intensive support.  

Home-Start UK:

Fathers from low-income families in Shepway in Kent, whose children are aged between 0-11 and where abuse is an issue, will receive specialist support to improve their involvement in parenting and family life to help break the cycle of abuse.

Female genital mutilation


FORWARD, the leading African women-led organisation supporting females affected by FGM, intends to strengthen the multi-agency response to FGM within schools and other statutory services across London, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Bristol.

Midaye Somali Development Network:

The project aims to safeguard girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) by increasing the capacity of professionals in statutory services to work effectively with members of affected communities across 5 London boroughs.


Street Teams:

Training pupils and 350 education professionals in 50 schools in Walsall, Street Teams aims to identify and address indications of potential radicalisation of young people, whilst making young people aware of the risks.


Kidscape will help secondary schools, across tier 1 London boroughs, embed radicalisation and extremism prevention into their safeguarding policies by being better connected to their local communities.

To see all the projects that received funding, turn to pages 18 & 19 of the Sanctuary Social Work News magazine! 

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