The Department of Eduction (DfE) has awarded TACT up to £1.2 million over three financial years, to support the commissioning out of Peterborough City Council’s (PCC) fostering, adoption and permanency service to TACT. Peterborough and TACT propose to secure permanency without delay for all children and young people in care, or who may become looked after, by offering children and families the same high levels of assessment, preparation, training, support and review regardless of legal status.
This project is unique as only PCC have contracted out their permanence services so this will be the first opportunity for an outside agency to implement an entirely fresh approach to supporting families who look after children who cannot live with their birth parents. By contracting out to TACT who have a sole focus on children in care, the service will not suffer from the higher call of child protection services for organisational resources and managerial expertise and time. Taken together this service makes it more likely that more vulnerable children will benefit from stable, loving and permanent homes.
The funding comes from the DfE’s children’s social care innovation programme.