A Home Office-commissioned review by the Early Intervention Foundation found that a trusted relationship with an adult is an important part of programmes to support vulnerable children, and that the lack of such relationships is consistently cited as a contributing factor in cases of child sexual abuse and exploitation (see www.eif.org.uk/building-trusted-relationships/).
The beneficiaries of the Government’s £13 million Trusted Relationships Fund will use the cash to help foster relationships between frontline professionals, such as youth workers, police and nurses, and vulnerable youngsters.
Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the LGA’s Safer and Stronger Communities Board, said: “Early intervention work with children and their families helps to limit the need for children to enter the care system, improves performance at school and helps avoid mental health issues in later life.
“All councils take their child protection responsibilities seriously and have a strong record of working with local partners such as police, schools and health services, to protect vulnerable children. This fund will help to support this work. However, with children’s services facing a £3 billion funding gap by 2025, it is getting increasingly difficult to fund long-term projects that help children and families when they need it most.”