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General overview

Stage of development: Implementation

Policy sector: Child and family welfare

Start date of service provision: Feb 2020

Anticipated completion date: Sep 2026

Capital raised (minimum): GBP 908k (USD 1.13m)

Max potential outcome payment: GBP 5.64m

Service users: 200 individuals


Support women that have had, or are at risk of having, multiple children removed from their care

Target population

Women who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, at least two episodes of care proceedings leading to the removal of one or more of their children into care



  • United Kingdom

Service delivery locations

  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Northamptonshire County Council
  • Worcestershire County Council
  • Plymouth City Council

Outcome metrics

  • Metric 1: Woman is engaged with Pause programme
  • Metric 2: Woman successfully completes Pause programme
  • Metric 3: Women are able to adequately care for further children


This project started delivering services in February 2020 and will finish in September 2026. Data was last updated in March 2024. These are interim results.

Outcome achievements

Overall target is based on the high case scenario defined in the Life Chances Fund Final Award Offer or Variation Agreements.

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The intermediary organisation's comment on this graph:

'The Midlands Regional Pause Hub outcome contracts are the second iteration of outcomes contracts that support vulnerable women at risk of recurrent removals in the UK. The design of the outcomes contracts built on the learning generated by the first Pause outcomes contract that was launched in Plymouth in April of 2019. Amongst other things, one of the changes included in the Midlands Regional Pause Hub was to recognise the enrolment and completion outcomes (that were amalgamated together in the Pause Plymouth outcomes contract) as two separate outcomes in the rate card.

All outcomes contracts in the Midlands Regional Pause Hub have performed better than expected in terms of volumes and success rates. The Derbyshire outcomes contract has already reached its contract cap. Northamptonshire and Worcestershire are currently supporting their second community of women, with the outcomes from these two outcomes contracts expected to be above target.

In the Midlands Regional Pause Hub, 94% of women who start on the programme go on to complete the intervention, which is a 20% higher completion rate than in comparable fee for service delivery.'

Outcome payments

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The intermediary organisation's comment on this graph:

'The Midlands Regional Pause Hub has consistently performed better than expected in terms of volumes and success rates.'

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