A new £7.9 million data accelerator fund will support 10 data sharing projects across England, ensuring a more joined-up approach between councils, NHS trusts and the police.

By sharing information across health, housing, schools, police, and social care, it is hoped that frontline workers will get a broader picture of individual family’s needs and the challenges they face, including substance abuse and mental health issues.

Having the complete information means that tailored, wraparound support can be put in place for some of the country’s most vulnerable children and families.

The new data sharing projects were announced earlier this month, building on the government’s Supporting Families programme where data sharing helped to identify children at risk of exploitation.

The data accelerator fund will run alongside the latest £165 million phase of the Supporting Families Programme.

The areas across England supported by the accelerator fund are: Nottingham, Leicestershire and Doncaster, Avon and Somerset, Reading, Portsmouth, Wokingham and West Berkshire, Sunderland, Leeds and Bradford, Doncaster and Wakefield, London, East Sussex, Greater Manchester, Hertfordshire, Essex, and Suffolk.

Funding for the data projects will continue until 2023, divided over two years.

Eddie Hughes MP, Minister for Rough Sleeping and Housing, said: “By local services sharing data, expertise and knowledge, we can build a more complete picture of what is going on in a family’s life and use this to put in place tailored, wraparound support at an early stage.”

He added: “This fund will give local areas the tools to identify and support vulnerable children and families as early as possible and help them to live more positive, fulfilling lives.”

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