EIF report on realising the potential of early intervention

Alison Michalska, ADCS Immediate Past President, said:

“This latest report makes a common sense case for investing more time, money and energy in helping children and families overcome adversity at an earlier stage, rather than waiting for issues, such as parental conflict, to reach crisis point. Whilst early intervention has the potential to reduce the growing pressures in children’s social care over time, this should not be the sole driver for change. The longer term benefits of offering parents a helping hand so they in turn can better support their child’s growth and development are huge, from increased personal resilience, improved academic outcomes and earning potential to reductions in crime and increased life expectancy. Clearly, the individuals benefit from this investment but so too does society at large.

“The current approach to funding is not at all conducive to this agenda nor is the continued focus on quick wins achievable within the political cycle and the absence of a single government department to champion the best interests of children and families. More evidence of what works is, as the report suggests, needed and in these uncertain times it’s vital that future policies are rooted in expert advice and that commissioning is smarter to ensure scarce public funds are maximised. The totality of central and local government absolutely must work together, with all agencies, to help children and families realise their potential and we would welcome discussions with the EIF, ministers and senior leaders in health and the police to this end.”


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