Derby City Council are seeking to approve the award a grant of £440,000 to Ripplez to continue to run the Pause programme, which works with women who have experienced repeat removals of children from their care due to safeguarding concerns.

‘Pause’ is a national programme which works to prevent the damaging consequences of thousands more children being taken into care each year.  It encourages and supports these vulnerable women to ‘pause’ and take control of their lives and deal with any issues they may have such as drug and alcohol addictions, domestic abuse relationships and mental health issues. The aim is to stop the cycle of repeat removals of children into care.

Pause seeks to work with women in a way which addresses everybody in their lives – fathers of their children, partners, family members and friends – as well as professionals such a social service, housing, the NHS and the justice system. Partnership underpins our work, with the women, with local areas and with policy-makers and service providers.

Ripplez was initially selected to run the local programme in April 2017 and with the current contract ending in September 2018 it is proposed to award a further grant of £440,000 to fund the programme for a further 18 months from 1st October 2018 to 31st March 2020. £281,000 will come from the Public Health reserve and Derby Homes will contribute £159,000.

There are currently 23 women in the Derby Pause Programme, who between them had 56 children removed from their care and there are 10 women on a waiting list to join. The outcomes to date are very positive with no woman becoming pregnant in the 15 months of participating in the programme, evidence of increased stability in relation to Housing and mental health and reduced attendances at A&E. Positive engagement with Ripplez has also led to increasing confidence and engagement with mainstream services.

Councillor Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said:

“Ripplez have done a fantastic job over the last 18 months and they are the right partner to carry the Pause programme forward.  It is great that we can help these vulnerable women get their lives back on track and with the ever rising costs to the Council of looked after children it is important that we look at all ways to tackle the issue.”

Justine Gibling, CEO Ripplez CIC said:

“We are very grateful to the support from Derby City Council and Derby Homes. This means that we can continue to develop our partnership arrangement to support women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat pregnancies in Derby to take control of their lives, putting in place strong foundations on which they can build a more positive future for themselves.”