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PROJECTS FOR CHILDREN IN CARE GET£700,000

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A series of pilot projects to trial the commissioning of children's services at regional level will be launched....
A series of pilot projects to trial the commissioning of children's services at regional level will be launched.

Six schemes this week received a share of£700,000 from the Department for Education & Skills to set up regional commissioning units for services for children in residential care.

The pilots will operate a central database of specialist care providers that local government commissioners will be able to access to locate services for a child.

A spokesman from the department said: 'The advantage is niche providers local authorities may not have been aware of before will be more visible.'

It is hoped regional commissioning will generate efficiency savings by cutting out the duplication of back-office functions.

The pilots will run in the north-east, north-west, west Midlands, the south-west and London.

The sixth cross-regional arrangement is being negotiated.

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