Forward - Bridges Fund Management









Support for vulnerable women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeat removals of children from their care

Investment Strategy

Outcomes Contracts


Healthier Lives

Date of initial investment

April 2019

Bridges Executives

Milar Lukic
Iciar Ania


The number of young people being taken into care is large and growing: as of 2021, there were 3,386 looked-after children (LAC) across Plymouth, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Worcestershire, an increase in LACs of over 12% between 2018-2021.

In the past, there has been a lack of support for vulnerable women who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing removals of their children into care. Focusing on increasing these women’s well-being will reduce the risk of more children being taken into care. 



Forward was created to coordinate and support the development and roll-out of a programme that works with experienced delivery partners to provide support to vulnerable women. An intense and trauma-informed programme helps these women to create a more positive future.

In Plymouth, Forward works with Trevi House, a women’s and children’s charity. In the Midlands (Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Worcestershire), Forward works with Catch 22, a social business specialised in the justice, young people and families, employability and education sectors.



Women on the Forward programme are supported to focus on themselves, increasing their well-being and employability, and engaging with other services whilst taking a ‘pause’ from pregnancy. Additionally, Forward focuses on the women not becoming subject to the instigation of further care proceedings for the removal of a child. Forward has 4 practices (Plymouth, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire and Worcestershire) and is planning to support 220 women.