The Home Office have launched the Trusted Relationships Fund announced by the Minister for Safeguarding and Vulnerability on 25th February. This fund is targeted at vulnerable young people between the ages of 10-17 years old at risk of community based exploitation and abuse, such as child sexual exploitation/abuse, gang exploitation including county lines and peer/ relationship abuse. This is a £13million fund over a four year period, (with the final two years being subject to the next Spending Review).
We are inviting local authority led applications; however, we strongly encourage local authorities to partner with voluntary sector and other public sector organisations with expertise in protecting young people from abuse and exploitation.
The fund will be awarded to local areas to run innovative or promising initiatives that aim to improve young people’s self-esteem and resilience, and support them to build trusted relationships with adults who are there to support them, with ultimate aim of reducing incidents of exploitation, abuse, going missing and interactions with the youth justice system.
The deadline to submit Expressions of Interest is midday on 13th April 2018 and application information can be found here.
For further information, you can contact TrustedRelationships@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk