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Home Office awards £13m to local authorities to help young people at risk of abuse
Date:23 AUG 2018
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The Home Office has awarded £13m to projects which support vulnerable children, by ensuring they have positive adult role models in their lives.

Eleven local authorities have been allocated a share of the Trusted Relationship Fund – a scheme that attempts to intervene early if a child is at risk of abusive predators or being drawn into criminality, such as county lines, by helping foster close relationships with trusted adults in the community such as youth workers, police officers, nurses and other professionals.

It comes after a Home Office-commissioned review by the Early Intervention Foundation found that a trusted relationship with an adult is an important part of programmes to support vulnerable children, and that the lack of trusted relationships is consistently cited as a contributing factor in cases of child sexual abuse and exploitation.
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Minister for Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability, Victoria Atkins, said:

'It is awful to think so many children have to tackle life without a strong adult figure they can confide in and that this may leave them vulnerable to predatory criminals and violence as well as exploitation and abuse. The Government is absolutely determined to help, which is why the Trusted Relationships Fund will support at-risk children through projects across the country. Early intervention is so important to give vulnerable young people the best chance in life and we will make sure that those most at risk will have a positive adult in their lives.'

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan, said:

'This new Government funding for vital early intervention preventative work will allow us to continue to build on what we have already achieved and, working closely alongside our partners, support more children and young people to escape sexual exploitation. It will also give us the opportunity to support and protect vulnerable children who are being exposed to other forms of exploitation, such as criminal exploitation by gangs and peer relationship abuse. Barnardo’s is committed to breaking the damaging cycle of exploitation and violence that young people can get caught in.'