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DWP launches Innovation Fund - Turn2us

DWP press release (link opens in new window)The Government has announced a fund, worth up to £14 million over two years, to develop effective and innovative support services for separated and separating families to promote collaborative parenting.

The new services are intended to help parents foster collaborative relationships with each other after separation, including agreeing child maintenance, and include giving practical advice on basic issues.

The types of support that could be available from the fund include:

  • Mediation
  • Web-based support
  • Financial information and advice
  • Telephone support, including ‘hand holding’ through services
  • Emotional support
  • Face-to-face support
  • Intensive parenting counselling.

Work and Pensions Minister Maria Miller said:

“If separation is unavoidable then having both parents actively involved in their lives is the best way for children to develop. So this is a challenge for organisations and individuals to suggest how we can make this important investment in families really count.”

"The fund will be for interventions that can help parents work together, including intensive counselling, emotional support and mediation, as well as online and telephone advice. These kinds of services are best delivered outside of government and there is considerable expertise, notably in the voluntary sector, of providing them.”

Department for Work and Pensions research has suggested that the majority of separated parents currently using the CSA believe they would be likely to make their own maintenance arrangements with the right help and support.

Read the Department of Work and Pensions press release (link opens in new window)

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