The Children's Fund is a central part of the government's strategy to tackle the disadvantages and inequalities that derive from child poverty and social exclusion. The fund is targeted at supporting 5-13 year olds. In particular, it aims to stimulate a shift from remedial action towards coherent local preventive strategies. The fund focuses on developing services that support multi-agency working, including services that identify children showing early signs of difficulty. The aim is to prevent children falling into drug abuse, truancy, exclusion, unemployment and crime, and to raise aspirations and prevent underachievement. The Children's Fund is managed by local partnerships who make decisions about which projects to fund in their area.