The government's announcement also coincides with a new call from the Education Secretary to cities across the country, urging them to take the power back from Whitehall through 'devolution deals' so they have the freedom to deliver the kind of game-changing services that are right for children and families at risk in their area.
Devolution deals are a specific agreement between central and local government which give regions greater control over decisions that affect their area - from business and employment, to economic opportunities and growth.
Ministers now want to see every single devolution deal expanded to include children's services: putting cities back behind the wheel in providing the tailored support that will make a real difference to vulnerable families locally. Regions such as Greater Manchester are already leading the way, looking at how services for vulnerable young people can be better delivered across the region in a way that makes sense for them, free from bureaucracy.
Children and Families Minster Edward Timpson, who spent 10 years as a family barrister and whose own family fostered over 90 children, said:
'I know from my time at the Bar and my experience of fostering that when it comes to supporting our most vulnerable young people there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach.
That's why we are calling on councils and professionals to continue digging deep, thinking radically and doing whatever it takes to find new and better ways of delivering for our most vulnerable children.'
Ashley*, a young mum who has received life-changing support from Pause, said:
'Without Pause, I would not be here now. I've never had anyone on my side - someone who isn't going to hurt me, harm me or let me down. I could have kept on having kids, or I could have ended it all. Or both. But Pause has helped me realise that I do have value; I do have potential.'
And, as part of the government's long-term plan to overhaul children's social work and ensure professionals have the knowledge and skills they need to change lives, ministers on Sunday also announced a further expansion of an important collaboration between universities and councils to ensure a steady stream of high-calibre social workers to the frontline.
The government's Social Work Teaching Partnerships initiative matches universities with councils to deliver gold-standard training for social workers, raising standards and supporting local authorities in recruiting and retaining the best social workers and giving them greater control over the hiring of frontline professionals.
Greater Manchester, north-west Midlands, south-east London and south Yorkshire are all leading the way in trailblazing this exciting initiative, and at the weekend ministers have announced a new funding round to encourage other universities and councils to join forces in extending the reach of excellent social work across the country.
The government also announced new measures to improve the life chances of the most vulnerable children who are cared for in secure children's homes.
As part of an ongoing drive to ensure theses children get the support they need, secure homes will be able to bid for new funding to make sure staff get the specialist training they need to support the children in their care. A new unit, run by Hampshire County Council, will work with local authorities to ensure children who need this kind of specialist care can access it more quickly, and action will be introduced to strengthen mental health support available for children in secure homes.
*name has been changed to protect identity