Ripplez, a Community Interest Company (CIC), has said it’s is delighted to be working with Derby City Council to deliver a dynamic and innovative new programme called Pause . As a social enterprise, Ripplez CIC has been delivering support to first time pregnant young women in Derby for the past five years.

Pause works with women who have experienced, or are at risk of repeat removals of children from their care. The programme gives women the chance to pause and take control of their lives, breaking a destructive cycle that causes both them and their children deep trauma, as well as costing the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds. Its primary focus is to prevent damage to those children.

Ripplez is one of nine Pause partners that has been successful in securing funding from the DfE Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, confirmed by Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education at the recent NCAS conference held in Manchester on Thursday 3rd November. Alongside this, Derby City Council’s additional funding will enable Ripplez to deliver Pause Derby from April/May 2017 to support local vulnerable women who are at risk of having their babies removed from their care.

Councillor Sara Bolton, Cabinet Member for Safeguarding and Children & Young People says of the joint working,

“I am delighted that we are working with Ripplez in Derby.  It is such a worthwhile project, working closely with women who without this support may find themselves at risk of losing their child into care, when that need not happen.”

The Chair of the Ripplez Board, Maggie McGrath says,

“This additional short term funding enables us to continue to build on the skills and expertise we currently have to deliver the programme. We remain fully committed to continuing our work to offer support families.”


The Ripplez team will be supported by Pause National to work in partnership with women in Derby providing a therapeutic relationship which helps them to deal with drug and alcohol addictions, domestic violence, and mental health issues.