Hammersmith & Fulham Council has been awarded £780,000 to help continue its groundbreaking work to improve the lives of children in need of support.
The new grant recognises the council’s social workers as among the best in the country and will enable them to enhance work first started in October 2014. It will be followed by extra funding within the next four years.
“Our social workers already help people make fantastic changes to their lives by working hand-in-hand with the families they support,” said Cllr Fennimore, H&F Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion.
“This funding award will enable us to enhance and expand our work as well as support other council’s to learn from our success.”
The Department for Education grant will continue to pay for family therapists and psychologists to train social workers.
This training will help social workers create better relationships with young people and their families, supporting them to strengthen the positive parts of their lives and overcome problems.
The funding will also help set up a centre for social work to help share H&F’s knowledge and success with other local authorities. In addition, it will help fund a training scheme to enable social workers to learn from the best and become leaders in their field in the future.
The cash boost is a further recognition of the life changing work carried out by H&F’s children’s services team. They were praised by Ofsted in a recent report which named them as one of the best in the country.
Inspectors said: “Good-quality social work flourishes and a culture of compassion is evident. This leads to improved outcomes for the majority of children and young people.”