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General overview

Stage of development: Implementation

Policy sector: Child and family welfare

Date outcomes contract signed: Jan 2020

Start date of service provision: Feb 2020

Anticipated completion date: Mar 2025

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

Max potential outcome payment: GBP 4.99m

Service users: 176 individuals


Pause aims to break the cycle of repeat removal by intervening at a point when the women have no children in their care and offers them a chance to take a pause from the usual periods of chaos, anger and reaction to care proceedings.

Pause helps them to focus on themselves with the purpose of supporting them to take control of their lives and to develop new skills and responses. To do this, they are required to take effective contraception during the intervention, thereby creating a space to pause, reflect, learn and aspire.

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

Involved organisations

Outcome metrics

  • Woman is engaged with Pause programme
  • Woman successfully completes Pause programme
  • Women are able to adequately care for further children
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