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Forum allocates £70,000 towards supporting vulnerable children

PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 October 2015

Havering Cabinet approved plans to save a further £13.9million from its budget over the next three years and expand five primary schools

Havering Cabinet approved plans to save a further £13.9million from its budget over the next three years and expand five primary schools

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Vulnerable children and families will be given a helping hand as £70,000 is allocated to provide them with support.

The Schools Funding Forum agreed last week to use money from this year’s dedicated school’s grant to fund initiatives which will help children from as young as three and their parents.

The funding will go towards setting up a Professionals Portal – an online directory system to enable schools staff to access companies, charities and council-run schemes which can help support individual children and families in need.

Mary Phillips, head of learning and achievement at Havering Council, said: “I am really delighted for two reasons.

“One, the money is really important to recruit professionals and, two, because it is another example of how schools in Havering are committed to helping children and their families.”

Action for Children, Havering’s Alternative Provision and Winston’s Wish are just a few groups in and around the borough that will be involved in the portal, offering their services with the aim of supporting vulnerable children both in their education and personal lives.

Mary said: “An example of when the portal would be used is if a child and their family is struggling to cope with the death of someone close to them so through the portal, we would ensure early intervention to help.

“We want this to be a really useful and helpful website to use as this is a good place to go to find information that you need.

“We are hoping this will be a one stop shop for professionals.”

Work on the Professional’s Portal is under way and it is hoped it will be up and running soon.

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