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Essex to trial social impact bonds to reduce numbers of children in care

County Council hopes to continue the reduction of admissions into care

Essex County Council has announced that it will trial social impact bonds as a means of financing  family and community-based work with young people on the edge of care or custody.

Civil Society reports that in November 2010 there were 1,630 children in care in Essex. The figure is currently stands 1,535 – a reduction of 95 cases. Essex believes that this reduction can be continued with the assistance of social impact bonds. The bonds will be used to fund high-level programmes which will support vulnerable children and their families, particularly when there is a risk that a child might be admitted into the local authority's care.

For more information about Essex County Council's plans, visit the Civil Society website and scroll down the page.