THE COUNCIL has secured a huge government fund to help improve children's social work. 

Wokingham Borough Council has been granted £1.95m from the department of education for the second phase of the signs of Safety English Innovation Programme. 

The funding will ensure the council will be able to improve children's services and achieve better outcomes for families, while leading the way as a national learning centre for English Signs of Safety practice.

Cllr Mark Ashwell, executive member for children’s services, said: “Signs of Safety helps shape better futures for children and families. 

"We are delighted to win this second phase of funding in collaboration with our partners and to be chosen as the national Learning Lab for the Signs of Safety community.

“This funding means we can fully implement Signs of Safety, continue to improve our services and give vital help to even more families, whilst supporting our social work professionals in sometimes difficult and complex work.”

The council first implemented the signs of safety back in 2014 with the intention of giving a new framework for the way children's service works. 

The Local Safeguarding Children's Board will support the council, who will share learning and best practice with other local councils.