The government has opened a second round of bidding for new funding to help separated families work together for the sake of their children. It is believed delegates from more than 60 family charities and organisations are convening in London today for the bidding.
Bidding for second round of the Innovation Fund opened on 24 May and closes at 10am on 17 June 2013.
The government is announcing an additional £3.4m for innovative projects as part of £20m worth of investment to support parents to collaborate to give their children the best start in life.
As part of the first round £6.5m has been made available for over a quarter of a million separated parents in Britain who could benefit from. Seven organisations were chosen to launch projects across the country, as part of the first round of funding in April.
The successful schemes included a national ‘virtual’ internet-based mediation service hosted by Relate, more localised face-to-face mediation, parenting classes for the hardest-to-reach teenage mums and dads, counselling and therapy projects, and specialist support to help those who fear their ex-partners.
Speaking ahead of the event at London’s Oval Cricket Ground, Work and Pensions Minister Steve Webb said it represented a substantial increase in funding for out of court support for separated parents and was the biggest push to help fathers and mothers to collaborate to support their children both financially and other wise.
He added that it was an opportunity for experts in the field to put forward innovative and effective ways of helping parents. He called for as many organisations possible to come out with interesting ideas.
According to the government it was the biggest transformation of the child maintenance system in Britain in a generation – moving from an adversarial system to a collaborative one
Thousands have already visited the new government-funded web app ‘Sorting out Separation’, which is the first ever one-stop shop for separated families.
Helping with all the issues thrown up by a break up, it aims to help separating parents to minimise the impact of their break up on their children.