The Parenting Fund 2004–2011

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Morgan, Mick; Rallison, Tess; Massey, Kendra
Family and Parenting Institute
Date of publication
1 May 2011
Families, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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The Parenting Fund was established in 2004 to build and strengthen the work of the voluntary and in community sector with parents and families. There have been three rounds of funding, in which £43 million has been awarded in grants to 355 projects: The Fund’s objectives were to increase the provision of parenting support services, particularly for less well-served groups, to develop a strategic approach to the provision of parenting support services, and in working closely with the local projects help them secure their future sustainability. The breadth, range and diversity of all of the funded projects illustrates the capacity of the sector to work with some of the most socially excluded families, across 23 of the most disadvantaged local authority areas in England. Projects complemented services provided by the statutory and voluntary sectors, through identifying and meeting the previously unmet needs of vulnerable parents and their families. These families would otherwise not have received services, or would have received them later and at a higher cost to society. By pulling together information from reviews of all three previous rounds and an independent evaluation of the first two years of funding, this report considers the overarching achievements, outcomes and lessons learned from the Parenting Fund.

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