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Christian charity honoured with top care services award
Evangelical Alliance member Safe Families for Children has won the Innovative Quality Outcomes Award at the Third Sector Care Awards.
Safe Famillies for Children works with 28 local authorities to support vulnerable families and reduce the flow of children into the care system.
A panel of social care experts judged the award and said: "It is a social movement that is innovative, and changes not only practices but also lives."
Keith Danby, chief executive at Safe Families for Children, said: "We are absolutely delighted to win this prestigious award!
"It's a real tribute to the impact our volunteers have helping vulnerable families in their community.
"Safe Families is a community-based solution to a community-based problem.
It's bringing communities back to a culture of people helping people."
Since 2013 Safe Families has improved the lives of more than 4,800 children living in the UK. More than 2,000 vulnerable families who are struggling to cope have been supported by the charity's volunteers.
In a report commission by the Department for Educated and carried out by the Dartington Social Research Unit, Safe Families is referred to as: "one of the most adventurous start-ups in children's services for some time" with "the potential to support several thousand of England's neediest children; to greatly reduce the numbers of children in care, and to demonstrably forge a new relationship between public systems and civil society."
Now in their fourth year, the Third Sector Care Awards showcase best practice from across the country. The ceremony honours innovation and care excellence from the not-for-profit care and support sector.
Safe Families for Children will be featured in the upcoming edition of idea magazine. Become a member of the Alliance and get your copy delivered to your door.
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