Pause Southwark launches today as part of the national Pause programme.
Pause works with women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat removals of children from their care. Pause aims to break this destructive, often trans-generational cycle, and give women the opportunity to develop new skills and responses that can help them create a more positive future.
Southwark is one of seven areas across the country selected to pilot Pause, funded through the Department for Education’s Innovation Fund. Pause is an integrated model that works systemically with the women, their personal and professional world. It is an intense programme providing therapeutic, practical and behavioural support enabling the women to take a ‘pause’ in their lives from the usual periods of chaos and trauma, creating a space to reflect, learn and aspire.
The Minister for Children and Families, Edward Timpson MP, hailed Pause as a much needed breakthrough to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable women in our society. At the National Pause Launch in June 2015 he was quoted as saying “Every individual deserves their own autonomous and aspirational life – which is what Pause gives women: the space to achieve.”
Southwark Council identified local women who have had multiple children taken into care. The council made contact with the women about this new supportive programme and 11 women signed up within the first few weeks.
Cllr Victoria Mills, cabinet member for children and schools said, “Pause is an innovative new service that we believe will offer intense and specialist support to local women with complex needs, who have not been able to care for their children.
“While every local authority has such vulnerable women, Southwark is pleased to be one of seven councils chosen to test out this new approach. I hope it will make a real difference to vulnerable women and create the time and space to help them break the cycle.”
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