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Children: Carers

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what funding his Department has provided to the Children's Society to support professionals working with young carers in the last 12 months. (247000)

Funding for the Children's Society's project to support and train professionals working with young carers is made available through the Department for Children, Schools and Families' Children, Young People and Families grant programme. In the last 12 months (from January 2008 to December 2008) the Children's Society has received £204,067.

The grant was awarded to enable the Children's Society in partnership with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers to draw together resources and guidance on good practice in supporting young carers and their families and, on the basis of that, to help train and inform social workers, health workers, teachers and voluntary groups in meeting their needs. The project also supports local authorities to take a whole family approach in the delivery of their support services.

Funding for the project as a whole covers three financial years running from April 2007 to March 2010. For the current financial year (April 2008 to March 2009), the agreed grant is £203,541, of which £152,655 has already been paid. In the financial year 2007-08, £206.651 was provided; in 2009-10, £208,472 has been awarded, bringing the total available for this project over the three year period to £617,644.