Safe Families for Children was established in the United States by David Anderson. His church turned to the state to help families in the congregation. But the state could not help. Anderson asked his congregation to help by giving resources, offering friendship to hard pressed mums and taking in children for short periods of respite. Keith Danby led the Newcastle-based charity that brought Safe Families to England, growing in the last five years from one or two local authorities in the North East to about 40 across England and Scotland. In this podcast Keith talks about its potential to reduce the flow of children into foster care by 10 per cent a year, and what the work says about the respective roles of civil society and public systems.
Find out more about Safe Families: https://safefamilies.uk