Welsh Government announces £15m to support children in care

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The Welsh Government will invest £15m next year to help safely reduce the need for children to enter care and support children in care.

The Children's Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies AM says, "By intervening with support early we reduce the need for children to enter care and supporting children in care."

Last year, the Welsh Government invested £9m to support children who have been in care.

£1m has been provided to extend the provision Personal Advisers so that all care leavers up to the age of 25 will be given support. An additional 20 advisers have been recruited and the extended offer taken up by more than 500 care leavers.

The money has also meant that local authorities have been able to help over 3,600 children to remain with their families and young parents have been helped with issues including housing, substance misuse, mental health and practical parenting skills.